Sleek designs, robotic aircraft and next-generation weapons will make the ships of the future the most formidable ever
By Christian DeBenedettiPosted 02.15.2008 at 12:18 pm 5 Comments
It’s hard to tell what kind of wars the future will bring, but one thing is certain: Robots will be doing much of the fighting. In fact, they already are. Last year, aerial drones flew 258,502 hours of missions—up from 27,201 in 2002. Spending on unmanned aircraft systems by the U.S. military is expected to hit $3.76 billion by 2010. Robotic warfare, long the stuff of science fiction, is now a reality.