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Not to mention that it is only a matter of time until someone figures out how to…

Not to mention that it is only a matter of time until someone figures out how to hack the controls, hack the firmware or bring them down with really simple and inexpensive EMP devices. $200 worth of RC airplane and a $100 device for a $160,000 drone? How many encounters like that can the government afford?

Even the Predator and the Reaper are little more than expensive, error-prone, overgrown model airplanes remotely “flown” by all-too-human pilots.  They tend to crash at an alarming rate due to weather, mechanical failures, and computer glitches, leaving shattered silver-screen techno-dreams of cheap, error-free, futuristic warfare in the dust.

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2 comments

  1. Keith Snazel says:

    If these thing cost $150K each and they lose one a day they will still save tons of money if they can replace traditional military helicopters and airplanes.

    Drones are the future of modern military and civil policing. Undoubtedly.

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