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ROBOTIC FIGHTER JETS COULD SOON JOIN MILITARY PILOTS ON COMBAT MISSIONS

Military pilots may soon have a new kind of wingman to depend upon: not flesh-and-blood pilots but fast-flying, sensor-studded aerial drones that fly into combat to scout enemy targets and draw enemy fire that otherwise would be directed at human-piloted aircraft.

War planners see these robotic wingmen as a way to amplify air power while sparing pilots? lives and preventing the loss of sophisticated fighter jets, which can cost more than $100 million apiece.

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