March 9, 2008

EMPIRE WITHOUT GRENADIER BONES:

Unmanned drones controlled from the U.S. to drop bombs on Taliban for first time (MATTHEW HICKLEY, 9th March 2008, Daily Mail)

Britain's armed forces are sending pilotless "robot" strike aircraft into battle for the first time, allowing controllers sitting at a computer outside Las Vegas to drop guided bombs on the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The "Reaper" unmanned aerial vehicle marks a major watershed for the Royal Air Force and has been rushed into service after senior defence chiefs identified it as a vital weapon in the fight against Taliban insurgents.

Analysts believe that armed drones such as the £10million Reaper are the beginning of the end for human bomber and fighter pilots, and that increasingly sophisticated UAVs represent the future of aerial warfare.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2008 1:30 PM
Comments

Steer wide o' the Widow at Windsor
For 'alf o' creation she owns
We've bought her the same with the sword an' the flame
And patrol it each day with our drones

Posted by: Mike Morley at March 9, 2008 3:22 PM

Exactly where in Britain is this "Las Vegas"? Isn't it just outside Basingstoke?

Posted by: Andrew X at March 9, 2008 10:16 PM
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