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Machine rebellion begins: Killer robot destroyed by US jet

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Machine rebellion begins: Killer robot destroyed by US jet

Rogue droid 'was attempting to cross border'

By Lewis Page • Get more from this author

Posted in Science, 15th September 2009 11:42 GMT

An American "Reaper" flying hunter-killer robot assassin rebelled against its human controllers above Afghanistan on Sunday, and a manned US fighter jet was forced to shoot the rogue machine down before it unilaterally invaded a neighbouring country.

The Reaper, aka MQ-9 or Predator-B, is a large five-ton turboprop powered machine able to carry up to 14 Hellfire missiles - each capable of destroying a tank or flattening a building. It is used by the US and British forces above Afghanistan as a "persistent hunter-killer against emerging targets".

According to USAFCENT Public Affairs:

The aircraft was flying a combat mission when positive control of the MQ-9 was lost. When the aircraft remained on a course that would depart Afghanistan's airspace, a US Air Force manned aircraft took proactive measures to down the Reaper in a remote area of northern Afghanistan.

The statement goes on to say that the errant killdroid "impacted the side of a mountain" and that there "were no reports of civilian injuries".

USAFCENT don't specify just what manned jet went up against the mutinous machine, or what methods the pilot used. However the logical choice would be a fighter plane - probably an F-15, -16 or -18 - and the cheapest and most fun weapon to use would be cannon fire. Opposition from the Reaper wouldn't be an issue, as it is a low-performance aircraft compared to a jet fighter and has no air-to-air capability.

It wasn't clear from the US military announcement whether the erratic death-bot had turned on its masters and was planning an attack on critical US logistics bases located north of the Afghan border, or whether it had sickened of reaping hapless fleshies like corn and was hoping merely to escape. Alternatively the machine assassin may merely have succumbed to boredom or - just possibly - a mundane, non-anthropomorphic technical fault of some kind.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/15/killer_robot_killed_by_fighter_jet/
 
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Once again I sit and weep silently at my desk as that utter cretin is touted as a defence expert. Please journalists, for the love of god, stop encouraging a failed Naval Officer to think that he has any relevant knowledge at all.

My new motto will be "Friends don't let journalist friends quote Lewis Page"...
 
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jim30 said:
Once again I sit and weep silently at my desk as that utter cretin is touted as a defence expert. Please journalists, for the love of god, stop encouraging a failed Naval Officer to think that he has any relevant knowledge at all.

My new motto will be "Friends don't let journalist friends quote Lewis Page"...
I thought his "sci fi" style in this piece was way overdone.
 
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jim30 said:
Once again I sit and weep silently at my desk as that utter cretin is touted as a defence expert. Please journalists, for the love of god, stop encouraging a failed Naval Officer to think that he has any relevant knowledge at all.

My new motto will be "Friends don't let journalist friends quote Lewis Page"...
You mean, shurely, "the greatest journalist who has ever lived".

His website is a scream: "I hope that Page soon gets the job he deserves, as defence correspondent in the national media." - Sir Max Hastings

I wonder if he'll add: "that utter cretin - jim30".

You are right, jim30. Hitler Hastings, on the other hand, must have been asked for his opinion after a long lunch at the Garrick.
 

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