- The Washington Times - Friday, June 20, 2014

The preparation for the Air Force’s next generation of drones is underway.

The service hopes to successfully implement a 25-year plan called “Remotely Pilot Aircraft Vector,” which would lessen the workload on human pilots while upping stealth and network capabilities.

Col. Ken Callahan, A2 director of remotely piloted aircraft capabilities, told Business Insider on Friday that he anticipates new advances in drone technology will focus less on “ground-centric” work (e.g., counterinsurgency and counter terrorism work in the Middle East) and more on the “contested” environments of countries like Russia and China.

Col. Callahan also told Business Insider that future air-to-air superiority fighters could very well be unmanned or optionally manned. The website noted that the Air Force’s new Long Range Strike Bomber is being engineered to fly unmanned and manned missions.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide