Israel says drones will replace piloted aircraft

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone and also referred to as an unpiloted aerial vehicle and a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.

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Israel says drones will replace piloted aircraft

Unread post by Mauler » Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:56 pm

From News24 http://www.news24.com/World/News/Israel ... t-20130421

Tel Aviv - A high-ranking Israeli air force officer says Israel aims to develop drones that can execute nearly every battlefield operation performed today by piloted aircraft.

The official says Israel's military industry is on the path to developing such technology within 40 to 50 years.

The officer, who works in the field of unmanned aerial vehicle intelligence, spoke anonymously because of the classified nature of his work.

Israel is a world leader in drone technology.

The official refused to say whether Israeli drones are capable of firing missiles, despite dozens of witness accounts from the Gaza Strip who attest to seeing the small crafts shoot missiles.

The officer said Israel wanted to look at the possibility of developing tactical satellites for military use.

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Re: Israel says drones will replace piloted aircraft

Unread post by Fat Frank » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:13 am

40-50 years....I think it will be much sooner than that.
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Re: Israel says drones will replace piloted aircraft

Unread post by lion » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:44 am

They have come a long way since 1948.....

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Re: Israel says drones will replace piloted aircraft

Unread post by kudu177 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:48 am

Air & Space magazine (the Smithsonian journal) had an excellent feature on drones in the July 2011 edition, mostly about the UAVs currently being used on combat missions. Flown by pilots sitting in a command centres in the middle of America.

40-50 years? It's already here.
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Re: Israel says drones will replace piloted aircraft

Unread post by Mars » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:08 pm

I would imagine the only reason why it would take 40-50 years to replace current combat aircraft with drones is so that the current technology life cycle can be fully exploited in terms of industry profit and recovery of investment.

What part did South Africa play in the drone story?
Especially considering that we had Seeker already in the 80's & 90's way before drones came into widespread use.
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Re: Israel says drones will replace piloted aircraft

Unread post by Celtic flier » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:16 am

As has been said, 40 -50 years is way out. It is here now although old equipment will still be used in parallel for 10 or 20 years.
What is more interesting (or concerning?) is that unpilotted airliners are a lot closer than most realize. Any airline pilot under the age of 45 may not see his/her normal pension date?
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Re: Israel says drones will replace piloted aircraft

Unread post by ARM505 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:01 am

I don't see airliners being completely without crew for some time yet. I certainly do see a reduction in the number of crew though. 2 -> 1, 4 -> 2 -> 1, that kind of thing. And why not?

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