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Threat of armed UAV proliferation questioned

15th April 2014 - 16:12 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in London


A US report on the proliferation of armed UAVs has downplayed the likelihood of such weapon systems becoming a credible threat, claiming that the potential mass scale use of them by adversaries is unlikely.

A paper by the Rand Corporation said that despite the numerous advantages of operating armed UAVs – such as low personal risk and ease of operation – they are ‘rarely transformative’. 

‘Many of the capabilities of armed UAVs of all sizes can be found in other weapon systems, although the UAV may offer some advantages,’ the paper titled ‘Armed and Dangerous? UAVs and US Security’ said. 

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Beth Stevenson


Beth Stevenson

Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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