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A future without pilots? Fully-automatic US drone launched from aircraft carrier

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A future without pilots? Fully-automatic US drone launched from aircraft carrier

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US drone technology has taken a big step forward with the first-ever launch from an aircraft carrier.

The X-47B is the size of a piloted fighter jet and is totally automatic – unlike previous drones which had been technically-controlled from the ground by people.

The X-47B also has a range of almost double the drones currently being used.

“This will be the future of warfare and it will be a warfare that is a little less risky for humans but maybe a little more effective when it comes to delivering weapons and effect,” said James Lewis from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

America’s use of drones has caused controversy and drawn international criticism. It has also strained relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan.