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Vintage videos show the U.S. Air Force's first armed drone dropping bombs

from Motherboard

With the release of a study on the future of autonomous warfare, Washington has been grappling with big questions about killer robots. Recent debates notwithstanding, the Pentagon has been looking to expand the role of unmanned vehicles in warfare since at least the 1970s. While pilotless attackers are now common over the world's battlefields, the U.S. Air Force first tested an armed drone more than four decades ago. Between 1971 and 1974, Teledyne Ryan's BGM-34 unmanned jet dropped bombs and fired missiles in various tests. more


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