Israel says drones will replace aircraft

2013-04-21 21:20
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Tel Aviv - A high-ranking Israeli air force officer says Israel aims to develop drones that can execute nearly every battlefield operation performed today by piloted aircraft.

The official says Israel's military industry is on the path to developing such technology within 40 to 50 years.

The officer, who works in the field of unmanned aerial vehicle intelligence, spoke anonymously because of the classified nature of his work.

Israel is a world leader in drone technology.

The official refused to say whether Israeli drones are capable of firing missiles, despite dozens of witness accounts from the Gaza Strip who attest to seeing the small crafts shoot missiles.

The officer said Israel wanted to look at the possibility of developing tactical satellites for military use.

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