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UN report says a “lethal” weaponized drone “hunted down a human target” without being instructed to

In March 2020 a KARGU-2 quadcopter autonomously attacked a human target during a conflict between Libyan government forces and a breakaway military faction led by the Libyan National Army’s Khalifa Haftar.

The Turkish-built KARGU-2, a deadly attack drone designed for asymmetric warfare and anti-terrorist operations, targeted one of Haftar’s soldiers while he tried to retreat, according to the paper. It is reported that the drone can be detonated on impact and that it was operating in a “highly effective” autonomous mode which requires no human controller. “The lethal autonomous weapons systems were programmed to attack targets without requiring data connectivity between the operator and the munition: in effect, a true ‘fire, forget and find’ capability,” the report from the UN Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Libya said.

According to Zak Kellenborn, a national security consultant who specializes in unmanned systems and drones, this is likely the first time a drone has attacked a human without being instructed to do so. Jack Watling, a researcher on land warfare at the Royal United Services Institute has said this incident demonstrates the “urgent and important” need to regulate autonomous weapons.

ARTICLE: DUSTIN RODGERS
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: UNILAD.CO

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