February 5, 2014 | David

War scares me - I'm lucky to have never experienced one. I'd like to imagine a future without wars, but it's unlikely. Instead I look at drone technology and wonder how future wars will be fought.

A top-secret UK drone project, Taranis, has released images of its first test flights. They show a prototype for weapon-equipped stealth drones. The technology and engineering is impressive, but I'm saddened to know that it may be used to harm people.

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Most details about the Taranis drone are still being kept secret.

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David Pearson

February 8, 2014 at 11:29

Anything which can contribute to our ability to observe from close proximity to a weather front the developing pattern of recent severe storms, geological features of land and sea upheaval, deforestation and covert drug cultivation and terrorist training areas whilst remaining safely undetectable by miscreants should be welcomed by all who have an interest in saving lives and livelihoods of humans and animals should be welcomed. The ability to be carry a payload which can bring relief for individuals in extreme peril such as supplies and communication equipment is justification on its own. Weaponry is a regrettable necessity in hostile territory which will save lives of innocents. Providing the use made of these assets complies with humanitarian development and is governed by benevolent and not selfish commercial or political interests they may be a significant step to an egalitarian world. The main weak point will be the pilot communication with the vehicle whilst it is accepting commands from crackable communication. A delightful and magnificent use of technology and engineering of which the creators should be proud.

Anthony, London

February 8, 2014 at 09:53

Drones are a great advancement. They can be used to protect and save lives. Look at all the soldiers and civilians left with missing limbs from land mines and booby traps. In warfare their precision and deployment means less casualties. I hate war but anything that reduces casualties is a huge step forward.

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