By this point, everyone has heard about the Predator drones that are roaming the sky in the middle east, but what will the future look like?
According to the Department of Defense, the future of drones is vital to the success of the United States Military. In fact, the long term plan is to have combat drones that are entirely autonomous by the year 2030. That means combat drones that can analyze situations, plan accordingly, and react with the combat environment without the need for human interaction.
For now, though, the near future is looking at drones as “wingmen” for other people in combat. By working together, they will be able to be much more effective in combat, while protecting them against surprises that often come up during a war. This might sound like the robotic counterpart in a video game, but it is closer to reality than ever.
Further along, there will be incredible things that once never seemed possible. Drone-mounted lasers, “kamikaze” style drones, and more are coming, it is just a matter of time. As a general rule, the military’s technology is far ahead of anything the public has access to, so it stands to reason that these kinds of advances are closer than we might think.