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Pilot will still control the helicopter, but unmanned technology could be used for additional tasks

The U.S. Army is looking to transform some of its helicopters into unmanned aerial vehicles, as the military looks for realistic methods to have its helicopters "optionally manned."

The option of transforming helicopters to UAVs would be cheaper for the government than purchasing new aircraft.  Specifically, the Army believes the following helicopters would be the easiest to transform:  CH-47F Chinook, AH-64D Apache Longbow, and the UH-60M helicopter.

As helicopters remain a vital tool in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. military officials also have an interest in having the helicopters take off and land autonomously.  However, it's unlikely the weapons system on any Army helicopters will be able to fire without a soldier pulling the trigger.

If these semi-autonomous helicopters do not help save money, however, the idea could be scrapped immediately.  The 140-page "strategic vision" document was supported by Col. Christopher Carlile, Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence director.  

As mentioned by earlier military officials, the technology is designed to better aid pilots and crew members, not replace them.  Furthermore, the helicopters that use autonomous aid will be chosen for select missions, and won’t randomly fly into combat situations.

The use of UAVs as reconnaissance or attack drones has increased dramatically in the Middle East, with missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The drone technology will be shared with Pakistan and other select nations, as more nations research unmanned technology.

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All for efficiency
By AssBall on 4/27/2010 9:40:32 AM , Rating: 4
Lets get some unmanned technology to replace our white house staff, senate, and house of representatives too.

RE: All for efficiency
By MadMan007 on 4/27/2010 9:47:53 AM , Rating: 5
They already are unmanned - remote control is via big campaign donors.

RE: All for efficiency
By YashBudini on 4/27/10, Rating: 0
RE: All for efficiency
By SoCalBoomer on 4/27/2010 1:34:12 PM , Rating: 2
you mean 2001-2008. Unless you're on a different calendar . . . ;) Bush didn't take office until Jan 20 2001 and Obama didn't step in until Jan 20 2009 . . .

RE: All for efficiency
By ekv on 4/27/2010 9:43:51 PM , Rating: 2
Tired of searching for porn on SEC computers, heh? Then check this out

RE: All for efficiency
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/27/2010 10:58:47 AM , Rating: 2
Well the current people in the white house, senate and house seem to be mindless.. but not sure if can call that unmanned. They are also spineless otherwise they would do what is correct for all US citizens, their own kids and grandkids, and not doing things that fill their own pocketbooks.

RE: All for efficiency
By Ammohunt on 4/27/2010 2:24:51 PM , Rating: 3
Politicians acting like human beings? your are kidding right?

RE: All for efficiency
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/27/2010 3:31:21 PM , Rating: 2
No, I'm not joking but I am being goofy thinking they would understand that is the way they should behave... Tell me why do Lawyers and Medical Doctors think they are better then everyone else? Making more money does not make you more successful nor a better person.

RE: All for efficiency
By lightfoot on 4/27/2010 4:00:19 PM , Rating: 2
When I need a medical procedure I generally think that Medical Doctors are better than everyone else. I wouldn't want your average checkstand clerk cutting me open.

The real question is why do people think that medical doctors shouldn't be paid for their services.

But your point is taken - why do people with very specific knowledge think that they know everything?

RE: All for efficiency
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/27/2010 6:18:14 PM , Rating: 2
I never said a Doctor should not be paid, or even paid well. Some of them are worth it and some are not worth the money they are paid just like any field.

My example would be:
There's is a construction work or carpenter out there that built and placed the floor under your feet (or butt if sitting). If you are on floor level 30 of an office building or even ground level with a basement below, you should be really glad no Doctor came in to build it. They would not have a clue on how to put it together correctly. You probably never gave one thought about the guy who built the building you live and/or work in... Yet everyday you depend on his skills to have been good enough so the building does not fall down around you... I do not see too many arrogant construction workers - sometimes drunk and lippy but not to arrogant. Something to think about... :)

RE: All for efficiency
By Noya on 4/27/2010 6:18:52 PM , Rating: 2
The real question is why do people think that medical doctors shouldn't be paid for their services.

I don't believe most people think doctors shouldn't be payed or even take a pay cut.

I think most people know that insurance companies of all kinds are the ones needing a pay cut.

RE: All for efficiency
By Cr0nJ0b on 4/27/2010 11:31:25 AM , Rating: 1
How to turn any discussion thread into a rant againt our freely elected government.

Example 2342

"Lets get some unmanned technology to replace our white house staff, senate, and house of representatives too. "

RE: All for efficiency
By wiz220 on 4/27/2010 2:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, freely elected is a bit of a stretch. The correlation between money and election outcomes is strong. Our "elected" officials are all bought and paid for (doesn't matter which party).

RE: All for efficiency
By Nfarce on 4/27/2010 3:50:01 PM , Rating: 1
That, and the fact there are a lot of mindless, clueless morons out there that are easily swayed with political propaganda and media distortions who really shouldn't be voting.

RE: All for efficiency
By lightfoot on 4/27/2010 3:55:56 PM , Rating: 2
The greatest threat to the political elite in a democratic republic is an informed electorate. Thankfully we don’t have one.

RE: All for efficiency
By Manch on 4/27/2010 10:30:40 PM , Rating: 2
electoral college. HA!

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