How A Drone Strike Works – Cheddar Explains

by birtanpublished on September 21, 2020

We don't officially know what weapon rue was used in the strike against Iranian general Qasem Soleimani the statement released by the White House doesn't indicate any method however reports from the New York Times and several anonymous sources confirm it was a drone strike

Government officials rarely comment on the drone program so it's difficult to say exactly how many strikes have been deployed but it's known that during Obama's time in office his administration deployed over 500 drone

Strikes in Afghanistan Pakistan Somalia and Yemen the US drone program is shrouded in secrecy but leaked military documents and first-person accounts can help paint a picture of just how a drone strike works the u.s. uses several types

Of drones but only to carry out attacks predators and Reapers of these the largest and most powerful is the mq-9 reaper the mq-9 reaper has a wingspan of 66 feet it can fly at a maximum altitude of 50,000 feet and carry up to three

Thousand seven hundred and fifty pounds according to data provided by the US Air Force it has a top speed of 230 miles per hour and a range of 1150 miles on any strike mission a drone will be armed with bombs or missiles the most common

Is the agm-114 a laser-guided missile also known as a Hellfire missile the term Hellfire actually refers to a family of precision missiles designed to localize damage even though drones can be operated remotely drone strikes are

Far from a hands-off process by the time a drone strike is ordered a crew has likely been monitoring a target for weeks the strike order is then passed up a chain of approval the exact chain of approval is

Known but leafed pentagon papers provided to the intercept in 2015 indicate that in some instances the final permission is granted by the President himself a 2013 strike in Yemen had to be

Approved by 15 people and finally the president in order to be carried out once permission is granted the drone can be launched even though drones are piloted remotely they require an on-the-ground crew for

Launch and retrieval after takeoff control is transferred to a pilot who could be thousands of miles away often at a US Air Force Base in Nevada or New Mexico the bird drones are equipped with two sets of communication tools a

Communication antenna allows ground crew to control takeoff and landing and a satellite communication system enables remote control by a pilot this style of control is referred to as remote split operations for a successful strike the

Drone needs to be within a few kilometers of the target if the strike is aimed at an individual the target is almost always that person's cell phone according to papers obtained by the intercept cellphone use plays a vital

Role in tracking and identifying targets after the missile is launched the drone remains in the air and the pilot monitors the success of the mission via the drones onboard cameras piloting a drone is sometimes compared to playing a

Video game but former drone pilots say that this comparison is disrespectful and inaccurate through cameras drone pilots are often witnessed to up-close acts of violence and drone pilots still report

Suffering from PTSD when it comes to the US military drone strikes are primarily used to target suspected terrorists and terrorist activity but it's not always that simple

According to information obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism between 384 and 807 civilians were killed by drone strikes between 2008 and two thousand 16 whistleblower accounts

Indicate that this number may be underreported even though they're stunning pieces of technology drones still need to evolve to stay relevant so far drones have been operating in environments without direct threats but

That won't always be the case according to the Air Force Times the next generation of unmanned aircrafts is being designed with this in mind the XQ 58 a Valkyrie demonstrator completed its first flight in March 2019 the military

Is anticipating that greater numbers of drones will be destroyed in future combat this new model is significantly cheaper to manufacture making it easier to replace it's unclear exactly how the military plans to use this new drone but

One thing is for sure no matter how conflicts abroad change the u.s. dependence on unmanned aircrafts isn't going anywhere for more videos like this one click subscribe now to enable notifications

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