In a daredevil raid, a group of Taliban fighting against NATO forces in Afghanistan got hold of a shipment destined for a US base in which they found grease packed engines of the US drones.
Despite all the efforts from the US-led NATO forces Taliban managed to shift the engines of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to safe locations.
General Atomics MQ-1 Predator is the primary unmanned aircraft used for offensive operations in Afghanistan and the Pakistan’s tribal areas.
This air vehicle can be disassembled into six main components and loaded into a container called “The Coffin” which enables all the equipment for rapid deployment anywhere is the world.
Billions of dollars are being invested in the drone technology as US government as well as contractors are looking for ways to expand the market for drones which have transformed the battlefields and now are altering the defence-industry landscape.
The leading drone makers include General Atomics, AeroVironment, Northrop, Being, BAE Systems, Qinetiq of UK, and Elbit of Israel.
The US military is spending over $3 billion on drone programmes last year while the US Federal Aviation Administration is expected to approve the highly controversial technology for commercial use by 2015.
It has been estimated that the total drone market will be worth USD 55 billion by 2020 while the US is likely to account for 77 per cent of global research and development and 64 per cent of the procurement.
Drones were invented to counter terrorism but its usage offers no controls nor checks and balances to prevent them from being used for nefarious purposes.