It is standard practice. Ways of killing people have a "father" (father of the bomb). The bomb is a baby. We are up to the next "generation" of nuclear bombs. Etcetera.
The metaphors referring to life have reached the drones (a name of course which itself suggests [insect] life).
Today’s killer drones are sitting ducks. Loud, slow-moving, and simple to spot, any air defense more potent than a militant with an AK is liable to take one of the robotic planes down.
But the next generation of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) won’t be the airborne equivalent of fish in a barrel. They’ll fly faster and higher than the current drone crop. And they’ll be somewhat stealthy, as well.
Take the Avenger UCAV, unveiled last year by General Atomic Aeronautical Systems, the company behind the Predator and Reaper drones.