According to BAE Systems researchers, military aircraft could be fitted with 3D printers to create different drone types depending on the mission objective
Scientists and engineers at BAE Systems anticipate such advances in both 3D printing and drone technologies that by 2040, military aircraft could be fitted with on-board 3D printers to produce different types of UAVs on-demand
Other forward-thinking concepts include something called The Transformer where three drones fly as one until a threat is detected or different tasks need to be performed, then it splits into individual aircraft
Another forward-thinking concept unveiled by BAE Systems includes a UAV that's able to to take out missile threats with a directed energy weapon
Requests for backup might usually trigger a halt in a military operations, but two fast-moving technologies could one day combine to deliver much-needed reinforcements exactly where they're needed. Such is the vision of defense firm BAE Systems, which sees aircraft having advanced onboard 3D printers that are capable of producing UAVs for wide-ranging military purposes.
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