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The Iranian government announced earlier in the year it has started UAV development

Iran remains a nation closely watched by the United States and the rest of the western world, especially now that the country is developing a more sophisticated unmanned drone program. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is concerned with the progress of Iranian drone development, and there is a growing concern the drone technology could be sold to terrorist groups.

"Countries like Iran are developing their own UAVs and already have a UAV capability," said Gates, speaking in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  "That is a concern, because it is one of these areas where -- if they chose to, in Iraq, in Afghanistan -- they could create difficulties for us."

The country began development in February, seeking to manufacture "advanced" UAVs able to conduct surveillance and coordinated strikes.  Furthermore, if the country is successful in developing nuclear weapons, there is a grave concern the drones could one day be used to attack major targets.  

Even so, the U.S. military has an advanced air fleet that should be capable of shooting down the drones according to military analysts.

The U.S. military continually uses UAVs in coordinated airstrikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, with the Pakistani military expected to receive UAV technology from the U.S.  Russia also is developing advanced UAVs for future use, with European news reports specifically mentioning their use to prevent attacks from terrorists based in Chechnya.

It's also possible UAVs will be used to patrol the Somali coast to help locate and identify pirates before they are able to hijack commercial vessels. 

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RE: Fixed.
By CU on 4/7/2010 9:08:56 AM , Rating: 3
He may not know the answer. And I am sure there is no simple answer. But the military is going down hill. The USAF is laying off officers. I thought that was the one job that you couldn't be laid off of. And more lay offs are expected next year. We are reducing our nukes, stopping development of newer nukes, not replacing old planes with newer ones. The list goes on and I assume the other branches are doing similar things.

Now while no one really knows if this will tempt a larger country or smaller terrorist factions to attack us or an allie, do you really want to find out. Better safe than sorry.

RE: Fixed.
By invidious on 4/7/2010 10:03:43 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe we will get lucky and China will invade Japan or something, then the threat will scare us into electing a real president again and we can start a good old fassion arms race.

I'm sure sure how much of that was sarcasm. Maybe 40%?

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