A Reaper UAV shot down another drone last year in first known unmanned air-to-air kill
The test showed the U.S. Air Force that a UAV like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like its manned fighter brethren such as an F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor, says Col. Julian Cheater, commander of the 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nev.
The effort is key to preparing for the next big aerial war against near-peer threats such as Russia or China, who are advancing their skills not only in their own drone forces but also in hypersonics, electronic warfare (EW), lasers, and missile testing, Cheater says.
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