Us Military Drones Essay

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Jonathan Ortiz March 9, 2013 Computer Class – Unit 9 – Assignment B US Military Drones It is believed that United States Military Drones are one of the most advanced robotic systems in the world today. According to Historynet.com, it is estimated that there are thousands of these drones, or unmanned military vehicles and aerial devices, in the inventory and care of the US Military (Singer, 2011). Drones are mechanisms and technologies that can be used without the use of a human being inside of the robotic system. In most cases these drones are maneuvered from a distance using remote control apparatuses and are much like the GPS systems that a person might use in their car. Drones are watched and manipulated from anywhere in the world.…show more content…
The Predator, which is manufactured by the US, which cost up to $11 million per UVA, and the larger, more expensive, more advanced Reaper, cost $30 million per unit. We are known to have over 7,000 drones and most of them (approximately 5,500) are used by the Air Force alone. In 2012, the Pentagon asked Congress for a budget of $5 billion to make and maintain the force of drones (Tomiuc, 2012). Israel does manufacture the world’s largest and most advanced drone, the Heron TP Eiten, costing approximately $35 million. This particular drone has a wing span of 26 meters and is the size of a Boeing 737 being able to reach heights of 12,000 feet. It has the ability to stay in flight for about 20 hours at a time (Tomiuc, 2012). While drones are not new news, they have been extremely helpful in our war with other countries thus far. With Iran threatening Israel and the United States, and the recent threats from North Korea to launch pre-emptive strikes against the United States and South Korea, drones are again going to be very useful in helping us targeting the missile strikes that are launched at us. As we already have deployed our Patriot Missile Launcher, we are beginning to prepare the drones to take us to the next level if we need to strike back. References: Singer, P.W. (May, 2011) Drones Don’t Die; A History of Military Drones. Historynet.com Live History. Retrieved March 9, 2013 from
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