16 April 2014
In a strategic document known as the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Vector, the Pentagon has laid out a road map for the future of its drone fleet. The document takes a 25-year look from 2013 to 2038, and provides insight into where the Air Force wants to expand technologies. It includes unmanned planes with fuel-filled wings with the ability to carry more sophisticated weapons systems to more isolated hot spots, and smaller drones capable of operating in unison to swarm an enemy. With prices not considered in the document, it remains to be seen whether the current budget environment will allow for costly retrofitting or other aircraft upgrades. (Image Credit: Wikipedia/U.S. Navy)
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