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05 March 2009

Army Killer Drone Takes First Shots in Combat

from Danger Room by Nathan Hodge

The CIA's drone strikes in Pakistan may be getting all the press, but the Army is also deploying a deadly new pilotless aircraft, the Warrior-Alpha.

Late last month, a Warrior-Alpha belonging to the Army's Task Force ODIN -- a once-classified unit that combines drones, manned surveillance planes, helicopters, and video downlinks to hunt, track and kill roadside bomb cells -- was the first to fire missiles in combat. According to a news release from Multi-National Division - North, the drone hit insurgents while they were engaged with coalition forces on Feb. 23 in Diyala Province. "We neutralized both targets," the drone's operator said.

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