posted on Jul, 14 2007 @ 10:51 AM
Well it’s not just the risk to life that’s mitigated; you can get a lot of benefit out of a UAV. I mean you have/can have increased endurance over
manned aircraft, increased payload, reduced operating costs, reduced training costs/time, reduced maintenance, reduced signature, reduced logistics
footprint along with the all knock on benefits such as the ability to afford more platforms thus allowing more tasks to be undertaken etc etc. I
don’t think it’s really driven by an unmanned fad.
As for UAV’s not being massively advanced surely that depends, as with anything, on exactly what you’re talking about. The DH is just an over the
hill system meant to be robust and somewhat disposable, there’s no need for it to be packed with top of the range kit. But on the other hand when
you look at something like Zephyr or the X-47 they are at the cutting edge of autonomous operation, airframe design, power plant design etc.