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US Using High-Tech Drones to Fight Low-Tech Pirates

Unmanned US drones, equipped with cameras and night vision, are hunting pirates off the coast of Somalia.

The planes will fly (themselves) low, and take detailed pictures of the pirates' fishing boats, relaying them to the international antipiracy coalition. Without risking any US lives, the drones make it harder for Somalian pirates to hide, and easier to protect at least some of the 100 ships that are attacked each year by the pirates.

US drones are at work around the world. Last week, Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) disclosed for the first time that there are pilotless CIA Predator aircraft patrols in Pakistan. Although the details are top secret, experts believe the drones are controlled by the US. And they allegedly carry out missile strikes against extremist targets in Pakistan.

How do you feel about unmanned aircrafts carrying out military operations — are robot fighters safer and more accurate, or ethically questionable?

Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
They do have "smart bombs" that can tell an enemy tank from a friendly and aim for that enemy tank.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Ooh, this made me think about the movie Stealth. Drone plane gone bad. Anyway, I think this is good, even if it is remotely controlled. It gets the military important data while keeping our troops safe.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Yeah I know what you mean MSucre but Eagle Eye was an operational main frame which was designed to control, these are remote controlled airplanes designed to be controlled.
MSucre MSucre 8 years
Anyone see the movie "Eagle Eye"? Robotic defense technology is scary...
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
They are one of the most important tools in the military arsenal, accurate real time information is the most valuable and hardest to obtain.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
If you are getting the bad guys and not losing lives unnecessarily then why not, this is not I-robot(well not yet)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Well they may be technically unmanned but they are remotely manned. It's not like they're unconscionable robots deciding where to fly and where to strike.
jnj213 jnj213 8 years
I completely agree UnDave. The less soldier lives lost the better, but I still hope one day, there will be peace.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'm all for using technology that keeps our troops safe.
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