• Question: How often are drones used in the military?

    Asked by LovedayL to Alex on 28 Mar 2021.
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      Alex Evans answered on 20 Mar 2021: last edited 21 Mar 2021 6:43 pm

      That’s a good question, its not really an area I’ve worked in so I can’t give you an exact answer. The term drone isn’t really used professionally as it makes people think that there is no one in control of the vehicle. Instead they are referred to as unmanned vehicles or systems. As far as I know all vehicles in the UK military have people operating them or are taken control of when making critical decisions. For how often they are used it is hard to give an exact number as there are so many types of unmanned vehicles in each branch of the military. This includes Unmanned Air vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance or bomb disposal robots just to name a couple. As technology improves the use of unmanned vehicles will probably increase so that people are not put in danger or to help with more complex or demanding tasks.