Cockpit video of a Russian fighter’s reported encounter with a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper over Syria in October 2015 undoubtedly has geopolitical implications, but showing the unmanned aircraft casually going about its business reveals just how pervasive UAV operations have become. Daily reports of targets under siege by military UAVs are the norm. The Russian defense ministry video also underlines how unmanned aircraft operations still assume permissive airspace. A next generation of ...

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