WALTHAM, MA—Concluding that their unmanned aerial weapons platform would now advance to the subsequent stage of analysis, engineers at Raytheon introduced Thursday that they’d efficiently examined their new fight drone on mice. “We’re happy to tell the general public that the cutting-edge Spider II drone has handed preliminary animal testing with flying colours, killing mice in all 100 of the 100 monitored trials,” Raytheon director of animal testing Judy Kirk stated in a press convention at which she additionally outlined her firm’s plan for live-fire, theater-realistic munitions testing on frogs, rabbits, and chimpanzees over the subsequent 18 months earlier than approving the Spider II to be used on human beings. “We simulated each doable operational situation, from inclement-weather stealth insertions in harsh desert and arctic environments to full-force mass-combat subject operations, whereas equipping the platform with loadouts starting from cluster bombs to laser-guided bunker-buster munitions to air-to-surface missiles. Even in checks involving strikes on a number of mouse components, or ‘nests,’ in a single deployment, we’re proud to announce that every one risk mice have been efficiently destroyed. It’s vital to Raytheon that none of our drones see battlefield use until and till we are able to declare, with all confidence, that they will kill no matter dwelling being stands of their path.” Kirk refused to handle claims that the Spider II had repeatedly failed target-identification subject trials involving simulated mouse colleges and mouse weddings.