Britain to test flight new combat drone

Britain is to test flight a remote controlled stealth combat aircraft build by British arms producer BAE Systems for the British military later this year.

The new robotic plane, Taranis, which has been designed to fly intercontinental missions to bomb targets, has no pilot and cannot be detected by radar.

The aircraft has cost £125 million to build and is to be flown for the first time in a series of tests in Australia in the spring.

Currently, British Ministry of Defence (MoD) and US military use unmanned drones such as Reaper to attack targets.

The Taranis, however, is expected to provide a prototype of a new kind of bomber that will replace piloted planes and the current drones.

This comes as the deployment of assassination drones by the US and its allies have led to killings of at least hundreds of innocent civilians, including many women and children, in the Middle East.

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