Formally named unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), drones are aircraft that is either controlled by pilots who operate them from the ground or are pre-programmed to execute a mission before being used. The use of drones has increased significantly over the years, and will continue to do so as the military continues to advance. They are used for one of two reasons: surveillance or reconnaissance.
Whether you know a lot about drones or you are just learning about them for the first time, here is some pretty interesting tidbits of information about them.
Drones were first created to locate and kill Osama bin Laden
The very first drones that were ever created were created to locate and kill Osama bin Laden. In 1998, President Clinton’s administration shut down an operation that was intended to located and kill the leader of al Qaeda. The operation sent in cruise missiles, which resulted in 300 casualties. After this failed attempt to locate and kill bin Laden, the US Air Force created the first drones. The first known drown killing happened in November, 2001 and was done by armed drones. The victim of this killing was Mohammed Atef, a high ranking al Qaeda military commander.
Drones tend to crash
Though there have been successful missions, drones do have a high tendency of crashing before they reach their intended target.
Civilian casualties have been reduced, but still happen
One of the primary purposes for creating drones was to reduce the amount of civilians who were killed during military attacks; however, that’s not to say that there aren’t any civilian casualties. Though it is difficult to determine exact numbers, it has been said that there are very few civilian deaths. If there are any, they are in the single digits.
They are more cost effective
Though they are costly to manufacture, drones are far less costly to make than planes that are manned by military personnel. That is not to say though, that drones do not run into budget problems. As with all things that are manufactured, it is often difficult to estimate exactly how much a project will cost, and therefore the budget for creating them can often go out the window.
Drones are in the States
Drones aren’t only used overseas in war-torn countries; they are also being used in the United States. The FAA has authorized the use of certain types of drones by several local police departments. They are mainly used for surveillance purposes.
Looking to the future, it can be expected that drones will continue to be developed and that they will continue to become more advanced and accurate.