Elon Musk Predicts F-35s Would Have ‘No Chance’ Against Drone Fighter Planes

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    “Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested that Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II, the costly stealth jet considered to be pinnacle of U.S. military aviation, ‘would have no chance’ if pitted against a drone [fighter plane] that is remotely piloted by a human,” writes Business Insider. Long-time Slashdot reader DeadlyBattleRobot shares their report: At the U.S. Air Force’s Air Warfare Symposium in Florida, Musk said there should be a competitor to the F-35 program, according to a tweet by Lee Hudson, the Pentagon editor at Aviation Week… The Air Force conference at which Musk made his comments included senior US military officials and pilots. Speaking with Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Musk said autonomous drone warfare “is where it’s at” and “where the future will be,” according to Defense News. “It’s not that I want the future to be this. That’s just what the future will be,” Musk added. “The fighter jet era has passed. Yeah, the fighter jet era has passed. It’s drones.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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