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After more than 50 years gathering intelligence 13 miles above the ground, the United States’ U-2 spy planes will be phased out and replaced by unmanned drones by 2015, The New York Times reported this week. Find out more about the long history of the high-altitude aircraft, which first took to the skies during the tense Cold War era and has played a crucial role in recent operations, particularly in Afghanistan.
Originally posted by granpabobby
...l and be in no danger ..except corpal tunnel syndrome !
Originally posted by ThinkingCap
I'm sure military pilots in the know are getting worried, what with all these remote controlled aircrafts these days.
Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
reply to post by peck420
Fair enough & I'd agree with that in general.
A lot of it will depend on economics too of course - it might actually be cheaper & easier to contest AS with large numbers of cheap stealth drones (assuming such a thing can be made) & lose plenty of them than doing so with F-22's or hte foreign equivalent (when they appear) vs each other.
Originally posted by allenidaho
However, enemy forces have been able to intercept the video footage from the drones by using a $30 software program. So unless the encryption becomes unbreakable, every time you send out a drone you will potentially be compromising the mission.