ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Terminator-like Weapon for the U.S. Army

Updated on June 2, 2020
Terminators in the air
Terminators in the air

Today, all military drones with weapons are human controlled remotely from a base and told to attack at specific targets that the operator visually sees. Future drones will be more autonomous with much less human interaction or supervision when they act together in a swarm.

The U.S. Army has been testing its new AFADS (Armed, Fully-Autonomous, drone Swarm) weapon with devastating results. Once the target is located (such as an truck convoy, tank platoon or larger) the new weapon will attack, identify programmed targets without any human intervention. The weapon has no ability to distinguish between civilian and military targets. It could become a WMD by mistake on the battlefield.

The weapon is deployed from a missile and at some point above the target dispenses a swarm of small drones to fan out and locate enemy targets (various types of hardware, like tanks) and fires an EPP. This is a high speed slug of armor piercing metal up to hundreds of meters away. This idea is already in use in the CBU-105 bomb that upon impact, scatters 40 "skeet" munitions. This weapon was first used in 2003 against a Iraqi tank column and dropped by a B-52 high above. It knocked out the entire column of tanks within seconds.

This new weapon is even more lethal. The drones are packed into GMLRS rockets that carry a 180 lb. payload and range of 70 km, ATACMS missiles with a range of 270 km. The small drones carried each have a one pound payload. There are about 10 of them inside the rocket and when released above the target, act together and will only attack new targets (not those already attacked and destroyed).

A single battery of MLRS launchers (8-9 vehicles, each with 12 missiles) could send 1000 killer drones over a target area and could rip apart a full tank division. But since these small drones cannot distinguish between civilian and military targets, there would a lot of collateral damage in terms of human life.

The US is not the only country developing such weapons. China, Russia, are not far behind and Turkey already has one, the Kargu, that has been tested in Syria, which has the potential to have autonomous swarming capability.

Future warfare is getting even more deadly!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)