Operator free and completely autonomous predator drones capable of independently making tactical decisions are set for military use, recently confirmed by Ministry of Defense Textron Personnel. Autonomous RPAs i.e. UAVs or ‘Drones’ have been touted as the key to remotely piloted aircraft evolution. Beyond the tactical advantage of autonomous RPAs/UAVs for military operations, AUAVs present a clear threat to Americans. Unmanned systems metrics for autonomous remotely piloted aircraft have three primary dimensions that include environmental complexity, mission complexity, and human independence.
These drones can read for other aircraft nearby and autonomously decide to avoid or acquire. A feature of the SSAAS (small sense and avoid system), a system developed by the Army and AA1 Textron Systems (long story short…Ministry of Defense). AA1 is the same unit of Textron that develops the RQ-7 Shadow (image above). These highly capable robotic aircraft have been projected to supersede the Pentagon’s expectations for complex air environment maneuvering. Caitlin Lee, a military aviation correspondent recently highlighted the threats posed by autonomous RPAs in ‘Embracing Autonomy’;
“The possibility that RPAs might have to operate with a mix of manned and remotely piloted platforms raises the issue of fratricide, just as the prospect of a remotely piloted bomber carrying nuclear weapons (in which case nuclear surety and safety requirements would come into play) brings up questions about mission reliability.”
“In this dynamic environment, autonomy will allow RPA weapons to respond to threats—such as SAMs—quickly and efficiently without waiting for a human operator to make every incremental decision. In one extreme example, autonomous decision aids could enable an electronic jamming system to detect an enemy signal, determine an electronic response, and jam the signal before a human RPA operator has time to react. In the near term, autonomous decision aids could simply identify incoming frequencies and defer a decision on how to respond to the human operator.”
How long will it take for intelligent autonomous RPA’s to become a General Atomics and Global Access Initiative? Not long. Advanced maneuvering, intelligent response, decision making predator drones operating in American airspace and these are the same people that want to restrict and deprive Americans of their constitutional and inalienable rights… Stay vigilant, and read How to hide from Predator Drones UAV – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Survival Guide.
Suggested UAV/RPA reading material…
- DroneMapper Aerial Imagery Processing and GIS Services
- UAV Imaging Notes
- Military Drones Present and Future
- UAS Global Access Initiative
- UAS Vision Survey on Civil RPAS Operations
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