The most interesting aspect of BAE's new Taranis UAV is that it appears to possess autonomous air-to-air combat capabilities.

The Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, is about the same size as a Hawk jet and is equipped with stealth equipment and an 'autonomous' artificial intelligence system. ...

Taranis will be stealthy, fast, able to carry out use a number of on-board weapons systems and be able to defend itself against manned and other unmanned enemy aircraft.

Most policy makers are extremely wary of trusting autonomous systems with firing authority of any kind. I'm moderately skeptical of the claims made in the article.

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