Oh good grief, I'll have a crack at this over the weekend. Remote-operated vehicles are a century old (look up early experiments in pilotless vehicles like the Soviet teletanks, Nazi Goliath tracked mine and Fritz-X glide bomb, US experiments with remote-controlling warships as gunnery drones and Project Aphrodite, etc). Drones are used for intelligence gathering, navy operations, as targets in exercises, used as spotters for artillery and naval gunfire...Hell, the only difference between an armed drone aircraft and a missile is you get the drone back after you fire it at something. And that's not even getting into them displacing black helicopters in right-wing conspiracy theories (now the NWO and / or Obama is going to take away our freedoms with a drone army loyal only to them which they will presumably maintain themselves, to overcome humanity's apparent sudden shortage of evil stormtroopers).
The modern Predator is just a piston-engined cruise missile with an Apache's sensor suite stuck to the bottom. Nobody did that before because it's totally stupid unless you assume your opponent isn't a fan of firing back. Civilian drones, better known as "remote controlled planes" have been common for quite a while before manufacturers started sticking buzzwords on them to sell more. King Skeleton (talk) 09:31, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
- May be meant as a rip on the level of militarization. Swear that one was not my fault. Also thanks for correcting my boom. PacWalker (talk) 11:29, 24 March 2015 (UTC)