Time will come that such systems like Taranis will enter into service, they will be under the control of highly trained military crews on the ground at all times. Hopefully they will not have a self-thinking AI, just like what we’ve seen in the 2008 film Eagle Eye.
This is not the first unmanned combat aircraft that was unveiled to the public. Boeing already bragged and revealed their Phantom Ray last May 2010.
Named after the Celtic god of thunder Taranis, is a futuristic prototype unmanned combat aircraft by Britain’s Ministry of Defense. It has been unveiled by the MOD early today.
The demonstrator of Taranis will test the possibility of developing the first ever autonomous, stealth Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV). Taranis is capable of accurately hitting specific targets at a very long range, even if it’s not visible to the human eye using a telescope.
Taranis can even hit targets even if it’s located in another continent or country. Soon, it can precisely target alien invaders from another planet or galaxy, hopefully in the near future of the future.
“Taranis is a truly trailblazing project. The first of its kind in the UK, it reflects the best of our nation’s advanced design and technology skills and is a leading programme on the global stage.”, said Gerald Howarth, Minister for International Security.
Taranis is made possible by top aircraft engineers and aeronautical designers in UK. Taranis is an informal partnership of the MOD and industry talents including BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ and GE Aviation.
Early next year, flight trials of Taranis will begin. This is gonna be exciting! I hope to see one flying in the sky someday, if my eyes can catch the lightning speed of this combat air vehicle.