Gamers may soon be controlling drones for the RAF

By Stephany Nunneley
4 March 2009 19:58 GMT


Got game? If so, you may be able to join Britain’s Royal Air Force and control combat drones in Afghanistan.

PressTV reckons the RAF is trying to save money, and to do that it’s replacing pilots with gamers, of all things.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) announced Saturday that pilots without full combat training will replace top guns in controlling unmanned Reaper planes in ‘frontline missions’ in Afghanistan as part of a plan to reduce costs…

Although a small mistake by the remote-controlled pilot can be lethal for civilians or friendly forces nearby, RAF chiefs, believe that ‘lower grade’ pilots with 30 hours’ basic flying training can fly sensitive missions over Afghanistan…

It appears that RAF chiefs have based their claim on studies suggesting that the best drone crews are often young ‘video-game players’ rather than ‘experienced fighter pilots’.

This has already happened in America apparently.

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