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20 July 2009

Commentary: Raptor is no Reaper

from UPI by ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE

This year the U.S. Air Force will train more drone “jocks” than fighter jocks. Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles are transforming air warfare. The much-vaunted F-22 Raptor has flown in neither Iraq nor Afghanistan. But the pilotless Reaper, at a fraction of the Raptor’s price, is flying round the clock in both conflicts. Is a mood-altering, UCAV-mounted ray gun in our future?

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