Secondo il nuovo rapporto del Congresso il 31 per cento di tutti gli aerei militari degli Stati Uniti sono droni.
To be fair, lots of those drones are tiny flying spies, like the Army's Raven, that could never accommodate even the most diminutive pilot. (Specifically, the Army has 5,346 Ravens, making it the most numerous military drone by far.) But in 2005, only five percent of military aircraft were robots, a report by the Congressional Research Service notes. Barely seven years later, the military has 7,494 drones. Total number of old school, manned aircraft: 10,767 planes.
A small sliver of those nearly 7,500 drones gets all of the attention. The military owns 161 Predators - the iconic flying strike drone used over Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere - and Reapers, the Predator's bigger, better-armed brother.