Eyes of the Fleet

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Friday, February 04, 2005

Unmanned Attack Aircraft? Reducing pilot risk

MIT Technology Review writes on The Ascent of the Robotic Attack Jet

Trying to lower risks for operators? Or how much training does a ground controller need compared to an aircraft pilot? Does it make it too easy to decide to go to war?
They’ll tackle jobs such as attacking enemy air defenses, identifying new targets, and releasing precision bombs. “The long-range vision is that the president will wake up some day and decide he doesn’t like the cut of someone’s jib and send thither infinite numbers of myrmidons—robotic warriors—and that we could wage a war in which we wouldn’t put at risk our precious skins” is how John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a leading defense policy website, puts it.

(hat tip:UAV Blog

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