Saturday, October 4, 2008

Killer Zombie Drones

Now, anyone who knows me personally knows that I'm a sucker for anything involving zombies. Take that to mean "zombie" attack aircraft, and I'm on it like white on snow. For years the US Air Force has been "resurrecting" mothballed F-4 Phantom carcasses as unmanned drones to use for target practice. Wired Magazine's Danger Room blog reports that recently they've used these zombie drones to test-fire experimental missiles. The article suggests the possibility of using these thrifty zombie drones to complement the pricier Predator and Reaper drones that have been changing the face of modern warfare. It's an interesting thought; armed hunter-killer drones have vastly reduced both the material and force-protection cost of aerial reconnaissance and airstrikes. Flooding the market, as it were, with drones that are barely pricier than the armaments they carry could be a force multiplier beyond anything we've yet seen.

1 comment:

Evan said...

I love the fact that when I type "world war" into Amazon's adaptive search bar, the first suggestion is "world war z". Awesome.