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Drone Wars

January 22nd, 2010

Peter John Glynn

Robot Wars loomed a little larger after Pakistan requested a dozen unarmed drone aircraft from the USA. The use of the armed variety against militants within Pakistan has led to outpourings of anger aimed at the United States.

In an interview by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates to a Pakistan TV station, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) had been used with good effect in other arenas of conflict.

"There are some tactical UAVs that we are considering, yes," Mr Gates stated. "I'm not going to discuss operations but I will say this. These unmanned aerial vehicles have been extremely useful to us, both in Iraq and in Afghanistan."

Meanwhile India have sought assurances that these drones , part of a $1 Billion military aid package promised to the Pakistani military machine , will not be targetted upon New Delhi.

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