The US military has in recent years increasingly used drones for various operations abroad.
The drone aircraft is unmanned and has both been used to gather intelligence and actual bombings by the Americans.
Now the US Department of Defense, the Pentagon, is considering additional upgrades for drone aircraft to extend their operational reach, according to the Washington Post.
Specifically, the Pentagon has published thoughts on developing a flying aircraft carrier for unmanned aircraft. It's the research unit of Pentagon, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which will develop the aircraft carrier by the conversion of existing aircraft.
By getting a flying aircraft carrier we will be able to expand the range drones, save money and minimize the risk of US military pilots, DARPA says.
"We're trying to figure out how we can make smaller aircraft more efficient, and one of the best ideas is to make our existing larger aircraft able to be flying aircraft carriers. We envision innovative ways to send and receive new, unmanned models, " Dan Patt responsible for the program at DARPA says .
According to the Washington Post, DARPA will in all probability go for rebuilding a B-52 Stratofortress bomber, a B-1B Lancer bomber or a C-130 Hercules aircraft for the task.
DARPA has sent the job offer to the firms, universities and other organizations with expertise in the area, and they have until November 26 to come up with ideas that must be provided with meaningful analysis of how these can be implemented.
It is not the first time in history that the Department of Defense wants to deploy a flying aircraft carriers in its fleet. In the early 1930s the company Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation developed an airship which should work the same way. The idea evolved, however, to a major disaster when the airship USS Akron in a fierce storm April 4, 1933 crashed out of the State of New Jersey's coast.
73 of the 76 aboard died in the crash, which at the time made it the worst airship accident in history.
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