Report Tells Pentagon to Beware Nuclear Drone Bombers
The future B-21 Raider bomber from the United States Air Force may be able to eliminate human pilots in the cockpit and actually become a great drone drone. In one of the most improbable scenarios, the Raiders’ B-21 could theoretically end up carrying nuclear bombs and missiles without a human pilot on board. This seems to be a very remote possibility given the current vision of the United States Air Force, but other countries can not hesitate much to transform nuclear drone drones, according to a new report.
No one in the US defense community seems to push nuclear nuclear bombers as a great idea, says Paul Scharre, director of the 20YY Initiative war project at the Center for New American Security (CNAS). But Scharre and his colleagues still recommend that the Pentagon considers the potential implications of nuclear bombers in its recent report entitled “The proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles: policy options for Trump administration.” After all, other countries that have nuclear weapons may also have a different risk estimate in mind when considering the idea of putting nuclear weapons on UAVs.
“Since the country has access to the largest UAVs that can operate with larger payloads, and some of these countries have nuclear weapons, how do they react?” Says Paul Scharre, project director of the 20YY War Initiative at the Center For a New American Security (CNAS). “It has not attracted much attention in the US defense community since it is considered a crazy idea, but other countries can think totally differently.”
Russia is an example of a country that may have a different mentality. In 2012 a lieutenant general of the Russian Air Force has suggested that Russia could deploy an uninhabited nuclear bomber in the 2040s. There is a precedent that Russia has greater convenience in transferring robotic nuclear weapons systems, given the dependence Of a “dead hand” (also called “Perimeter”) that provides vending launches and vengeance against the United States if the United States army remains destroyed from command and control centers and control of Russia.
Unlike nuclear missile crossings or ballistic missiles, an unmanned nuclear bombardier could potentially end up in a patrol in crisis. A delicate situation requires that the nuclear drone bomber has full autonomy and reliable communication with remote human operators, so humans can be sure to maintain control of their nuclear load. This complication of command and control is only one factor that the United States military might want to study, even if it is only to prepare for possible complications from another country deploying nuclear bombers.
The United States military has taken care of keeping a human being in the loop to its “nuclear triad” system that can deploy nuclear weapons from silos of ground missiles, stealth submarines hidden under the sea and a fleet aging of 66 nuclear bombers Strategic in the air. This nuclear triad will receive a level necessary to arm the air when the B-21 Raiders will come into operation in mid-2020 and will begin to replace the B-52 and B-2 bombers have been in military service for more than 45 years.
It makes sense to keep human pilots aboard strategic bombers armed with nuclear weapons, provided they have the means of stealth or otherwise to survive their missions. However, many countries with nuclear weapons do not have the ability to build sophisticated, long-range bombers that can survive the game of enemy air defenses and launch nuclear bombs or missiles at their half-world targets, Scharre says. One or more of these countries may see drones as nuclear delivery vehicles with tactical advantages in the wars of the future.
“When we look at North Korea, Pakistan and India, these countries are in very different strategic positions in terms of vulnerability to the US,” Scharre said. “The fact that it’s not a great idea in an American system does not mean that others do not think that way.”