Congress Pushes for More Advanced Drones

Posted April 14, 2015 at 5:20am

The Washington Post reports that “a group of Congress’ most influential members are pushing the Pentagon to develop what to some sounds like sci-fi fantasy: drones that could not just take off from carriers, but fly for days at a time, covering hundreds, if not thousands, of miles, and perhaps most importantly, haul a hefty arsenal of bombs deep into enemy territory.”  

“Potential adversaries have developed advanced anti-ship missiles, pushing aircraft carriers well off shore, beyond the striking distance of piloted fighter jets, such as the F/A-18 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. To counter that, the carriers need stealthy, unmanned aircraft that can fly long distances, in a combat environment, they say.”