August 7, 2022
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Robotic technology and use of UAV in battle zone

The role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in modern warfare has evolved with each successive conflict, from naval gunfire support during the 1991 Gulf War to real time satellite relay of video over Kosovo in 1999 to attacking mobile Al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan in 2002/2003.

Afghanistan marked the formal debut of the Hellfire-carrying Predator, giving warfighters a sneak preview of what tomorrow’s dedicated Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAVs) promise to offer.

Supporting US Special Forces in search of Al Qaeda operatives, the Predator was credited with the assassination of the terrorists’ chief of military operations.

More recently, it was widely credited with the killing of another senior Al Qaeda figure in Yemen. The Predators provide sustained sensor/shooter presence, enabling commanders to have new levels of recognition, tracking and interdiction of target areas, once considered impossible.

Equipped with optical sensors with resolutions good enough to read road signs from 4.5km away, the Predator allows operators to identify and distinguish human targets, to follow them if they were motorised, and to destroy them even if armoured.

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