Drones - the future face of war and civilian surveillance

A reconnaissance drone in Afghanistan (photo: dpa)
A reconnaissance drone in Afghanistan (photo: dpa)

The use of unmanned and remotely-piloted drones have sparked worldwide controversy. But they are becoming increasingly ubiquitous and used in a variety of ways - from crop spraying to surveillance and targeting insurgents. Drones epitomise the changing nature of conflict though dissenting voices argue that armed drone strikes could be considered, in some cases, a war crime. More than 50 nations make or use drones with future military demand likely to be the Asia-Pacific region. This report looks at the development of these unmanned aerial vehicles for both military and civilian application.

THE USE of unmanned aerial vehicles in combat is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and controver...

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