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Cheaper drones mean use is spreading: IISS think tank

Published on Feb 5, 2014 5:09 PM

LONDON (AFP) - The falling cost of acquiring drones will see them increasingly used in warfare and surveillance, a leading think tank said on Wednesday, although it believes citizens are unlikely to accept fully autonomous deadly attacks.

Meanwhile, Asian military spending is surging ahead as European defence budgets shrink, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said in its annual assessment of global military capabilities.

The increasing number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their expanding capabilities has given rise to ethical and legal arguments about their use, the IISS said in its 500-page Military Balance 2014 report.

"The proliferation and visibility of UAVs, and their use by armed forces and government agencies, has led to these platforms dominating the debate," the London-based institute said.

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