Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The end of the fighter pilot?

Will drones push fighter pilots out of the cockpit?

At the highest levels of the Pentagon, plans are under way to reduce the role of warplanes, and rely more heavily on remotely piloted craft.

"This is not just a discussion about air systems. It's a discussion about the nature of war," said D-M wing commander Johnson, noting that other branches of the military also are pursuing unmanned technology.


"Are we moving toward a battle space devoid of human beings? And, if so, how will that impact a nation's willingness or reluctance to wage war?

The million dollar question!

2 comments:

  1. Well, seeing how well 'remote' or 'drone' aircraft worked out on 911 is it any wonder they would like to employ this tech? Makes it easier to kill too - you know sipping back on your coffee watching your computer screen?

    Reminds me of a stargate atlantis episode, where two of the characters were playing what they thought was a game, sort of like Risk, but it turned out to be quite real and quite devastating to those involved.

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  2. I thought about 9/11 when I saw this story.

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