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Unmanned stealth plane may pick its own targets
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 16 July 2010 18:45

From C/Net News

Unmanned stealth plane may pick its own targets

Britain's Ministry of Defence recently unveiled an unmanned stealth attack aircraft that redefines "autopilot"--it's designed to fly halfway around the world and choose its own targets without human intervention, according to a report in The Globe and Mail.

Named after the Celtic god of thunder, the Taranis is designed to fly much farther than conventional drones, which typically support troops or carry out air strikes in a limited area. Controlled by ground-based human operators, Taranis is supposed to be able to hit targets on other continents; it's unclear when the target-picking AI skills would actually be a real feature of the aircraft.

The Taranis prototype was shown to reporters at BAE Systems, which began developing the robo-jet back in 2006 along with Rolls Royce and other contractors.


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