This is the Taranis, defense contractor BAE Systems’ version of Boeing’s Phantom Ray Unmanned aircraft that we reported about a while ago.
I’ve included a video after the jump to show a recent British newscast about it, and they say that there isn’t much they can tell you about it due to confidential military secrets and all. The CG animation of it is quite lame, actually.
To be honest, they had me at it can strike targets on another continent. Okay, that is just more than a little scary, especially when this thing has this weird red window on the front. Is this supposed to be an homage to the Cylons of Battlestar Galactica or KITT from Knight Rider? The name of Taranis sounds a lot like Tardis from Doctor Who.
You know what it reminds me of? Stealth. Yes, that mediocre movie with Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, and Jamie Foxx as three super cool fighter pilots who have a fourth automated pilot join them. When the robot fighter goes rogue, the action begins.
Yeah, I can think of several science fiction stories with that premise, but it really is sort of scary that the stage is being set for that situation to take place.