Drones have the potential to have guns
We’ve already heard mixed reviews about the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to make the military more strategic and less reliant on ongoing surveillance. But now, another group of people is getting a second look at these nifty little machines. In an article titled “The Airpower Failure of UAVs,” journalist Rak Sharma details how the development and use of UAVs has almost completely run into the ground in India and other parts of Asia in recent years. The combination of technology, cost, and limited capabilities have left many Indian agencies looking not just out of touch but also obsolete. As a result, India is looking to new platforms for its next attack — and those will likely include big guns from the skies. Read on to find out more…
What is an UAV?
UAV stands for unmanned aerial vehicle. These are little autonomous machines that are designed to fly up to 10 times the levels of altitude that manned aircraft can reach. The vast majority of UAVs are designed to operate in the visible and infrared bands, but some are equipped with infrared sensors to help locate targets at higher altitudes. Within this category are liquids-free UAVs that can reach a maximum range of 200 miles, while those with fully automatic features are able to stay in the air for up to 10 hours.
UAVs were first developed in the 1980s as a way to make more sweeping and more targeted surveillance efforts possible. In many ways, they were created to serve a two-fold purpose — first, to reduce the amount of human involvement in decision-making processes of all types in the course of an operation. Second, and more importantly, they can be used to make more targeted airstrikes on specific targets.
How old is the Indian air force’s record on UAVs?
It has been a long way from the first public mention of UAVs in 2011, when the world was watching the waves of the pandemic. That year, the Indian Air Force (IAAF) first displayed UAVs at the Black Hawk Down air operations center in South America. The fleet of about a dozen machines was designed to serve as an early warning system for Indian civil aviation, and it was immediately Recommendation A-1 on the list of the air force’s most requested new aircraft. The technology was developed and deployed in a series of tests in India, where it was quickly established as a highly effective tool.
Why is India so afraid of unmanned aerial vehicles?
AIAR teams have long been suspicious of “drone-like” technology — that is to say, machines that appear to be man-made, but are emitted with such pitch capabilities that they confuse humans and tools. AIAR teams have highlighted the fear of man-made machine learning, though: The ability to create a “machine-like” intelligence that can outperform humans in any task that requires a human brain, or “superintelligence,” has raised concerns about a potential AI “crowd control” system that could be used to control crowds at the state and federal levels.
If recent history is any indication, however, AIAR teams are in overdrive to make sure that the technology is properly and carefully tested. This includes conducting field trials in both temperate and tropical regions to ensure the machines’ accuracy, and conducting fully automated experiments to ensure that the algorithms on the machines are operating correctly.
The technology behind UAVs
The technology behind UAVs is a closely-guarded secret. This is mainly because the devices are designed to be autonomous, and therefore cannot be programmed to “see” or “follow” humans. Instead, they rely on sensors to help them see and respond to things like airplane charts, weather conditions, and other visual information that humans normally don’t have access to.
These sensors are usually located on the aircraft itself, on the wings or the tail section. As a result, it is not uncommon to see UAVs that are equipped with no more than a single canopy camera and one infrared sensor. These are all the same sensors that would be useful for a human operator, but with a reduction in the resolution that they are able to see.
The pros and cons of UAV use in India
UAVs are a great tool in the hands of an expert. They allow you to get close to the target at a glance, and they can be used to make point-to-point or long-distance flights that would be far harder with a manned aircraft. The only downside to this is that they can be a little trickier to use in Indian cities where traffic is a constant problem.
The truth is that most Indian cities are not too far off from being internet cities. In fact, many cities in this part of the world are already pretty well equipped to handle the demands of a digital presence — and those deals usually involve mobile Internet service. The problem, of course, is that these very same cities are also home to a large section of the country’s population that does not have Internet access.
Also, the start up cost of a UAV in India can easily Top $50,000 or more. This is money that can go toward paying your taxes or supporting your community. Luckily, these costs are quite reasonable when you look at the number of UAVs that can be deployed in different cities and how they are used.
UAVs were developed to be autonomous machine-like sensors that see and respond to visual and radio information. This allows the UAV to keep its eyes on the ground and avoid getting drawn into combat. However, there are many risks inherent in this. In certain situations, a UAV could be used to fight other UAVs. The same could go for large groups of people who are also at risk of being ethnically or religiously diverse. If these groups are targeted, UAVs have the potential to use lethal or non-lethal force. This could lead to a situation where it is necessary to use force in an emergency.
One of the biggest advantages of UAVs is the ability to use them on a large scale. This can allow for more accuratepositional information and a reduction in errors that are associated with human error. However, there are many problems with UAV use in general, which requires regular testing and fine-tuning to ensure that the equipment is working properly.