UCAV vs manned combat aircraft

Discussion in 'Intelligence & Machines' started by JMB, Jun 18, 2005.

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  1. JMB Registered Member

    I'm back from the Paris Airshow. There is a "show in the show" full of UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicle) and with some large scale models of UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) as well. There is a controversy about how far will UCAV replace Manned Combat Aircraft (MCA to make short).
    Military and industrial professionals are telling you roughly this :
    1 - either, UCAV will replace MCA completely.
    2 - or, UCAV will work alongside MCA.
    And they respectively compare advantages :
    1 - With UCAV, no need to risk pilots lives and a UCAV full of artificial
    intelligence, sensors, high manoeuvrability will surpass any pilot.
    2 - The finest technology, the finest "remote computer pilot" will never
    completely replace human judgement, intuition, adaptability of a pilot in
    a combat aircraft on site, in the war zone.
    Personally, I remember what the "experts" were saying 40 years ago : "no need to build combat aircraft anymore - the missiles will do the
    job ! And I feel that the same "experts" are again burying manned combat
    aircraft a little to quickly.
    Are some professional out there to give their opinion about all this ?

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  3. cato less hate, more science Registered Senior Member

    I don't think so.

    besides, these aircraft will cost so much more than human lives that they will never replace humans.
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