U.S. Navy 'stealth drone' set to be first carrier-borne unmanned aircraft

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 07:30 hrs

A 'stealth drone' made by the US Navy is set to be the world's first unmanned, robot aircraft piloted by artificial intelligence rather than a remote human operator has taken to the sea for tests.

If the killer drone completes all its sea trials then it will be first aircraft capable of autonomously landing onto an aircraft carrier.

The drone being developed for five years, the X-47B drone is designed to take off, fly a pre-programmed mission then return to base in response to a few mouse clicks from its operator, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the report, it is the U.S. military's latest robot weapon and comes amid fears that the handing over of warfare to artificial intelligence could lead to disastrous unforeseen consequences.

The difference between the X-47B and a manned drone is that it will not be driven movement by movement by a remote, like a remote control car would be.

The drone will be controlled by a forearm-mounted box called the Control Display Unit, which can independently think for itself.

It is hoped that the X-47B, which boasts a wingspan of more than 62 feet will demonstrate seamless integration into carrier flight deck operations through various tests, the report said.

The aircraft is as yet not equipped with military hardware, but is designed for ample space to accommodate bombs and surveillance equipment, it added. (ANI)

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