Sunday, May 07, 2006


The Yamaha RMAX G1 unmanned helicopter

A scary thought indeed. I have been worried about this threat for a number of years. As these devices become cheaper and cheaper, what's to stop terrorists (or idiotic teens) from strapping explosives (or worse) to one of these uav's and targeting a high profile politician?
It may sound like science fiction, but the prospect that suicide bombers and hijackers could be made redundant by flying robots is a real one, according to experts.

The technology for remote-controlled light aircraft is now highly advanced, widely available -- and, experts say, virtually unstoppable.

Models with a wingspan of five metres (16 feet), capable of carrying up to 50 kilograms (110 pounds), remain undetectable by radar.

Security services the world over have been considering the problem for several years, but no one has yet come up with a solution.

"We are observing an increasing threat from such things as remote-controlled aircraft used as small flying bombs against soft targets," the head of the Canadian secret services, Michel Gauthier, said at a conference in Calgary recently.

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