Monday, December 9, 2013

U.S. Air Force Testing New Stealth Drone at Area 51

Update on the global drone arms race.

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Nicholas West
Activist Post

It has been predicted that the development of drone surveillance by the U.S. would spark a global race to develop new drone capabilities, leading to a potentially dystopian future of drone wars where combat and even assassinations can be performed by fleets of insect-like microbots. The Washington Post reported in July, 2011:
More than 50 countries have purchased surveillance drones, and many have started in-country development programs for armed versions because no nation is exporting weaponized drones beyond a handful of sales between the United States and its closest allies. (Source)
The number of countries has now risen toward 90 as Pakistan recently entered into the market, plus the United Nations itself has launched its own fleet of surveillance drones.  It was also recently announced that China had successfully tested their first combat stealth drone, which is detailed in updates below.

Now, just a short while following the announcement from China, the U.S. Air Force has stated that a "top secret" large stealth drone is in development at the hotbed of all things mysterious -- Area 51.