Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin A remote-controlled machine gun was used to assassinate nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, according to Iranian officials. If true, this would be the highest-profile use of such a weapon, but it's only a minor step technically, as improvised robot weapons are becoming increasingly common for terrorists and insurgents. According to Iranian news agency FARS , the entire operation was carried out last Friday from a distance, allegedly by Israel, with no personnel at the scene of the attack. This is a big shift from earlier Iranian reports claiming that a number of gunmen opened fire – up to 12 of them including two snipers, according to one account . "No individual was present at the site,” according to the latest version of events presented by Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council. Remote weapons have a long history. Back in WWII, the B-29 Superfortress was radical for removing the gunners from the five turrets located at different points on the aircraft and instead aiming the guns from a plexiglass dome 'sighting station.' As the gunner pointed an aiming device, an early computer — General Electric's Central Fire Control System — calculated the required… Read full this story
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