Understanding the Drone Program
Drones are extremely popular in the form of primary weapons used by the U.S. military forces. Drone is the common name given to the UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Drones are basically aerial systems that can be operated remotely for long or short range civilian and military purposes. Such vehicles come equipped with a high-resolution camera and they can even be armed with quality missiles. Surveillance drones are used for civil and privacy liberties concerns while armed drones can be used for killing people and for destroying useful land.
Drone Program being used by United States
The United States Government has continuously been using the drone program for managing and controlling the terrorist attacks that serve as a bad threat to the entire nation. Presently, the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. and the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S, Military own and even operate the UAVs overseas in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and various other locations. They also use their drones along the Mexico-U.S. border. The U.S government completely relies on the use of drones for air strikes and surveillance. Even the local law enforcement agencies in the U.S have started using domestic drones for surveillance. With the increased use of drones in the U.S there are growing issues related to civil and private rights.
Number of Drones possessed by U.S. and their Cost
U.S. at present possesses 7000 drones which is only 50 in the year 2000. The CIA possesses 30 Predator Reaper drones operated by the pilots from the U.S. air force. The United States spends approximately $5 billion for the purpose of drone development, procurement and research on a yearly basis. The Reaper and Predator drones possessed by the U.S cost around $2,500 to 3,500 per flight hour and the large systems cost around $30,000 per flight hour.
Is the Drone Program Illegal?
Experts are of the view that the drone program is illegal in its use either internationally or domestically. However, many people and senior authorities are of the view that the drone program is in the best interest of the people. However, the indiscriminate and widespread use of UAVs or drones might carry certain important negative consequences for the countries using the drone program on a very wide scale. Drones can create certain long term issues among nations and such issues are in no ways politically advantageous. The secret U.S drone program aimed towards the destruction of al Qaeda and its supporting allies has completely transformed the nature and the outline of modern warfare.
Is the Drone Program used by other Countries apart from U.S?
Since the year 2000, the United States had a monopoly over drones but at present there are more than seventy countries possessing drones and making use of the drone program for all their military requirements. Armed drones are possessed very few countries like China and Iran. However, these countries have never carried out drone programs against their adversaries in the way Israel and American have used their drone capacities. Various other countries are strongly looking forward to own some UAVs but they are under strict limitations.