The United States Air Force is testing unmanned aircraft for possible use in the Middle East.
The United States Air Force is testing unmanned aircraft for possible use in the Middle East. The aircraft, called "drones", are operated by remote control and may, according to an unofficial reports from United Nations officials, be sold to Israel for reconnaissance of the Suez Canal area. Employee of one aircraft company manufacturing and exporting drones, meanwhile, are taking lessons in Hebrew. The company has not denied this, but has refused to comment further. Apart from reconnaissance, the drones are also capable of carrying 47 different kinds of armament, including 500-pound (226.8 kilograms) bombs. They can also be programmed for operation by two separate ground controls-- for example, they could be used for peaceful missions by two opposing forces each holding a programmed "key" to the same aircraft. Television pictures transmitted from the drone could be received by both sides at the same time.
SYNOPSIS: This is a drone -- an unmanned aircraft operated by remote control. They are currently undergoing United States Air Force tests in California for sale to tests in California for sale to Israel for use along the Suez Canal, according to unofficial reports from the United Nations.
Drones have already been used in war. The United States Air Force used them in Vietnam for reconnaissance purposes -- equipped with television cameras sending instantaneous pictures back to ground control. The aircraft is, however, also capable of carrying 47 different kinds of armament -- including two 500-pounds bombs. Employees of one drone export manufacturing company, meanwhile, are taking lessons in Hebrew. The company concerned has not denied this, but has so far refused to comment further.
But drones could, however, play a peaceful role -- with two opposing forces each controlling the same reconnaissance aircraft and receiving the same television pictures.