The US military is currently investing in the development of even more sophisticated drones and remotely operated weapons. The Pentagon
reportedly plans to spend $2 billion on research into smart bombs and unmanned planes over the coming year.
In early October 2002, the US army tested a new type of anti-tank missile designed for use with Predators. This BAT missile uses acoustic and
infrared sensors to home in on moving tanks and armored vehicles.
At the end of October, the aerospace company BAE Systems revealed that it is developing small, directed energy pulse weapons designed to be
deployed on military drones. The company is developing both high-power radio frequency and high-power microwave weapons. These can be used to jam
communications and inflict damage on enemy computer systems.
And in February 2002, the US military revealed the blueprints for a completely new unmanned plane called the SiMiCon Rotor Craft. This disc-
shaped vehicle is designed to take-off vertically but then fly like a normal plane, which would make it a more manoeuvrable.