The United States and Australia are leading the way in drone technology with the development of UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems. This technology is quickly evolving into an invaluable tool for helping battle terrorists, protect our troops and to gather intelligence in dangerous zones. This new generation of personal drones is much more capable than the “walking around” surveillance cameras and can fly in formations like a flock of birds. Once the UAVs are in place in all branches of the military will have greater access to this high-tech form of warfare.
Recently the United States Military has been testing the UAVs in Afghanistan and they are optimistic that this new generation of remote control flying vehicles will be a game changer. Currently the UAVs are mainly used for surveillance, although there are programs in the works to give the military the ability to shoot enemy soldiers if necessary. If the enemy cannot be shot down then the drones can perform other mission such as providing local support by locating survivors of a crash or gathering weather data to help forecasters predict the upcoming winter. Perhaps someday drones may even carry out military operations on the ground using robotic ground monitoring stations. All of these developments are very exciting and the future looks bright when it comes to unmanned aerial vehicles.
Although we have many misconceptions about UAVs, it is important that we accept them for what they are now and stop being negative about them. The UAV is merely a machine, and like all machines it can be faulty. There are a few problems with the current crop of drones such as the inability to fly indoors without overheating which may cause the operator to lose control. However all UAVs are being upgraded constantly and the flaws are being fixed, which is a good thing because no one wants to throw away a perfectly good UAV once it malfunctions.