Military drones proliferate as cost falls

Discussions in Western states have included reservations about the potential use of fully autonomous armed UAVs, without humans piloting the devices from the ground

Discussions in Western states have included reservations about the potential use of fully autonomous armed UAVs, without humans piloting the devices from the ground Photo: ALAMY

Leading think tank the International Institute for Strategic Studies says that drones and the range of their capabilities will increase

(SOURCE)  The falling cost of acquiring drones will see them increasingly used in warfare and surveillance, a leading think tank said Wednesday, although it believes citizens are unlikely to accept fully autonomous deadly attacks.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) made the claim in its annual assessment of global military capabilities.

It also noted a continuing trend of Asian military spending surging ahead as European defence budgets shrink.

At the launch of the Military Balance 2014 in London, IISS military aerospace expert Doug Barrie said the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, would increase, although they would continue to co-exist next to manned aircraft.

He said the assumption entering the 21st century had been that autonomous drones would soon completely replace piloted planes.

“I think there’s been a step back from that to some extent. I think you will see mixed use for quite some time,” he said, but acknowledged that the range of drones’ capabilities would increase.

“We’re going to see more of these things. They will proliferate from the kind of system you can stick in your backpack up to full-blown combat strike,” he added.

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