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Pentagon an Eager Customer of Assassination Mini-Drones

• by Jason Ditz

Fighting umpteen wars around the world, the US special forces (SOCOM) is forever offering "urgent operational needs statements" for its various weapons. This newest one is a real eye-opener, as SOCOM is seeking 325 more Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems (LMAMS).

LMAMS are not actually missiles so much as single-use drones, designed to be small, fast, and carry large explosive payloads. The drones are created with an eye toward assassination attacks against "high-value targets," with US company AeroVironment, and some Israeli companies manufacturing various similar models.

That SOCOM is open to using mini-drones on "kamikaze" missions to assassinate people isn't the big story here, but rather that they believe they "urgently" need another 325 of them, as AeroVironment had very recently delivered 350 such drones to them already.