How A Drone Strike Works – Cheddar Explains

The U.S. has become dependent on drones to monitor and target perceived threats. They may keep military officials out of the line of fire, but these unmanned aircraft aren’t as autonomous as they seem. How much do you really know about how a drone strike works?

Further reading:
NYTimes

The Intercept
https://theintercept.com/drone-papers/a-visual-glossary/

Financial Times
https://www.ft.com/content/6346dd78-322d-11ea-9703-eea0cae3f0de

The Conversation
https://theconversation.com/iran-attack-how-reaper-drones-really-carry-out-airstrikes-129411

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/opinion/2013-10-30/comment-drones-and-deception

U.S. Air Force
https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104470/mq-9-reaper/

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50 Comments

  1. Ruination on June 27, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Iran should conduct drone strikes on US soil.

  2. Facts Matter on June 27, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Ayy look. How the zionists cabal eliminates any dissent.
    Remote control bombers controlled by their minds controlled jar heads without ever having to leave their cushy mansions

  3. JTibor on June 27, 2020 at 7:24 am

    I’ve experienced drone strikes (thank God I’m still alive), they’re not only good at killing, but will affect you psychologically. You won’t know when, where will they find you.

  4. John Petun on June 27, 2020 at 7:25 am

    I was a pro at flying RC Planes

  5. NuLu 214 on June 27, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Any Turks? Türk varmı?

  6. SeveredWings651 on June 27, 2020 at 7:26 am

    "Enemy Hunter-Killer drone inbound"

  7. John de Wit on June 27, 2020 at 7:28 am

    im sorry but why do americans talk so normally about weapons of murder???? yall delusional

  8. Dalisu Ngobese on June 27, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Are we now supposed to feel sorry for drone operators? It’s not like they woke up one day and found themselves flying a drone, those cowards didn’t want to fly a real plane and get shot at so they enrolled their chicken shit to the program

  9. Repz on June 27, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Obama king of drone strikes.
    Trump king of mother of all bomb strikes.

  10. Azerty Qwerty on June 27, 2020 at 7:38 am

    I love drones❤️❤️

  11. rrussell on June 27, 2020 at 7:40 am

    I’ll be a drone pilot with the USAF. I shouldn’t have to be an officer to sit in a cubical and pilot a drone. Take half of my pay and I’ll do it.

  12. Mark Anderson on June 27, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Propaganda….

  13. Daniel Aharon on June 27, 2020 at 7:42 am

    P.T.S.D.

  14. Nur Aini on June 27, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Cruel weapon

  15. Mike beats tsb on June 27, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Interesting

  16. Snake on June 27, 2020 at 7:43 am

    I almost cry

  17. Nenad Diczkov on June 27, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Oh are the pilots who rain hellfire offended? Awwwww :'( Sad reacts only.

  18. GyanPrakash on June 27, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Friendly UAV inbound

  19. A Literal Cat • 69 Years ago on June 27, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Our military is strong, but where barley a 2d world country

  20. John K on June 27, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Instead of using drones we Americans should use our nuclear weapons… our nuclear weapons are collecting dust and not being used… why do we Americans have nuclear weapons when we don’t even use them a nuclear weapon strike is much more effective than using a drone.

  21. Bob Young on June 27, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I believe that the development of "drone neutralizer" technology has already surpassed our wildest imagination and will remain a wise financial investment for some time. As one post-Vietnam tech officer noted, "If it can be put up, it can be put down."

  22. geocarey on June 27, 2020 at 7:46 am

    What a good idea – tell everyone that they target cell phones.

  23. The △ Project on June 27, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Didn’t know we were still in MW3

  24. Ring-a-ding-ding baby on June 27, 2020 at 7:48 am

    It’s called Predator cause it hunts down children

  25. Zack Monster on June 27, 2020 at 7:49 am

    LOL, the word suspected terrorism sound very convincing ? mean I suspect anyone so I can drone strike the F of him or her.
    Tracking by cellphone , well now everyone is a moving target with a constant GPS tracking on their pocket. what a future be at Wow good luck future generations

  26. Blendette on June 27, 2020 at 7:55 am

    3:00 casual mood of an Asian gamer whole he plays COD

  27. Mahesh M V U on June 27, 2020 at 7:55 am

    What they showed in the movie ‘Good Kill’ was probably true.

  28. Lessons - Reiser Music Studio Reiser on June 27, 2020 at 7:58 am

    It’s too bad the world’s countries couldn’t at least partially work things out by unmanned war games. It might deter leaders if they see how much and what kind of destruction would be unleashed.

  29. Kojiro 13 on June 27, 2020 at 7:58 am

    "You need 5 kills to unlock Drone Strike"

  30. Name on June 27, 2020 at 7:58 am

    PTSD when you don’t even go to combat zone. I have PTSD from going through US boarder patrol.

  31. Steven JACOBS on June 27, 2020 at 7:59 am

    The best military drones are made by Turkey. They have been tested in real life battles such as Libya and Syria.

  32. caro baez on June 27, 2020 at 8:00 am

    hola excelente video quisiera que sigan haciendo contenido similar!!! Voy a continuar mirando sus creaciones. Les mando un abrazo nos vemos pronto ❤️👍🏽

  33. 0Guiltyone0 on June 27, 2020 at 8:02 am

    When these are flying over our heads in the US, people will finally start noticing how op these are.

  34. Meta Human on June 27, 2020 at 8:02 am

    I don’t care if other people says drone is evil etc. All i can say is drones are essential for any military operation domestic or abroad. As a military personnel I really dont expect a civilian would understand this especially when the news only lets you know what they want you to know

  35. Muay Thai Levi on June 27, 2020 at 8:03 am

    I heard on the Joe Rogan podcast that the general was at a wedding. The drone strike is so pinpoint accurate it killed the Iranian general and one other US target while they attended a wedding of around 300+ people.

    Feel free to fact check if I’m wrong. how Rogan is usually correct when airing such things.

    The thought of that blew my mind. It’s somewhat terrifying too

  36. Gerwulf on June 27, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Excellent reporting, well done. I don’t normally say that to any news organisation.

  37. Fatwa Azam on June 27, 2020 at 8:08 am

    The terrorist is in pentagon itself, no need for war drone

  38. jwrarmstrong on June 27, 2020 at 8:08 am

    The plural of ‘aircraft’ is ‘aircraft’.
    Not aircrafts.

  39. Dean Harmse on June 27, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Aircraft. Not "aircrafts". For god’s sake where do you people learn to say "aircrafts"? One aircraft. Two aircraft. Three aircraft. A thousand aircraft!

  40. Artificial Sweeteners on June 27, 2020 at 8:09 am

    In the future drone will be use to targeting people with color in us soil itself

  41. Avocado Warrior on June 27, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Nice vid, very informative, but your narrator needs a little more proficiency in her diction.

  42. lazer tag on June 27, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Good job!

  43. Rohit Ghali on June 27, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Your voice is putting me to sleep…!

  44. Ben White on June 27, 2020 at 8:15 am

    I imagine CDE stands for Collateral damage environment

  45. SphereSquared on June 27, 2020 at 8:17 am

    dude I just googled this and on the website of the bureau of investigative journalism it says 910 – 2’200 civilians killed. How can you be so off with these numbers if you used the same source?
    I’m sure this hasn’t changed that much. in 4 months?
    Don’t downplay the casualties!

  46. Jack Burton on June 27, 2020 at 8:17 am

    if you listen at 1.25 the forced vocal fry goes away…

  47. S.E. Sander on June 27, 2020 at 8:18 am

    NY Times is ran by Liberals. Not a reliable source of information, by any means. So called, fake news, if you will. Now this is true. But weather or not it was a drone strike, like how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop…the world will never know.

  48. jack daniels on June 27, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Woah woah woah did someone say Obama drone strikes more people then Trump? Clearly some rightest propaganda here to say how awful Obama was when really he is a angel who ONLY did GOOD for america where as Trump is Satan incarnate!

  49. Schade Maghan on June 27, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Go read Hunter Killer if you wanna learn more about the US drone program.

  50. Ahmad Rifai on June 27, 2020 at 8:19 am

    bruh. YouTube recommendation is warning us from trumps attack on protesters

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