the term drone is used in popular culture for unmanned aerial
vehicles or UAV ’s. I would like to shine some light upon this
term, the history related with it, what influence it has or can have
on our lives, and what lies ahead in the future.
WHAT IS A UAV?
As its name implies a UAV is an aircraft without a human pilot
on board. It is controlled by a human on ground via a remote
device. It can also be controlled autonomously by using
Historically UAV ‘s were simple remote controlled devices but
now the autonomous control is increasingly being employed. The
reason being the threat from human errors.
SEARCH AND DESTROY MISSIONS
SEARCH AND RESCUE
INSPECTION AND MONITORING OF SENSITIVE
SITES (e.g. NULEAR POWER PLANTS).
The birth of U.S. UAVs (called RPVs at the
time) began in 1959 when United States Air
Force (USAF) officers, concerned about losing
pilots over hostile territory, began planning for
the use of unmanned flights.
CURRENT GENERATION OF DRONES
The current generation of drones such as the MQ-1PREDATOR
and MQ-9REAPER drones are capable of flying reconnaissance as
well as offensive missions from anywhere around the world. The
REAPER can stay up to 14 hours in the air when fully loaded. Not to
mention its 3000lbs payload which it can deliver on the click of a button.
The smaller version of the REAPER the PREDATOR has an even
higher endurance of 24 hours but it carries minimal or no payload and
is mainly used for surveillance. This version was deployed in Pakistan
from 2004 by the CIA to kill so called AL-QAEDA terrorists amongst
which most proved to be innocent civilians (source Wikipedia). Since
then the presence of these machines has been increasing due to their
higher strike rates, ease of operation, minimal costs and other major
factors. An interesting fact is that these days the American Air Force is
training more UAV pilots than combat aircraft crew all combined. An
even interesting fact is that most of the new crew being administered to
control these machines are teenaged gamers who are given their
training off a XBOX controller.
It can be concluded from the above
discussion that as with other man made
technologies this technology is also not
without its benefits and drawbacks. The
need of the time is to research upon its
advantages rather than disadvantages.
However the mass murder of humans using
this technology should be put to a halt as
soon as possible.
The USA officials said that they are
doing war against terrorism, and the
purpose of drone attack is to eliminate
the terrorism. But actually there is a
contradiction between their point of view
regarding terrorism. If they really want to
eliminate the terrorism then why they are
targeting innocent Muslims who even
don’t know to operate any armor. The
overall objective of drone attacks is to
create fear among the citizens of
Our people are dying by such killing
machines that are operated by USA Central
Intelligence Agency and out government
officials and soldiers who have taken the oath
to protect every life of civilians from the
hostages. Now they are in our beloved
country and killing our
mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers and
daughters. Unfortunately we are keeping
silence and waiting for the best deeds.