US military increasingly relies on unmanned aircraft, report says
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Jan 10, 2012
The U.S. military is rapidly expanding its numbers of unmanned aircraft, according to a new report acquired by Wired's Danger Room.
In 2005, only five percent of military aircraft were unmanned, but the military now has 7,494 drones while the number of manned aircraft is 10,767, according to the report by Congressional Research Service, the story says.
Manned aircraft still get 92 percent of the Defense Department's aircraft procurement money, but since 2001 the military has spent $26 billion on drones, the article states.