A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft awaits an engine test prior to an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operation at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, in 2019. Photo: US Air Force / AFP
A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft awaits an engine test prior to an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operation at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, in 2019. Photo: US Air Force / AFP
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

South China Sea: why drones are best kept out of freedom of navigation operations

  • A recent commentary on a website specialising in national security issues argued in favour of using drones in freedom of navigation operations
  • However, drones are an inviting target for capture or destruction because they may not have sovereign immunity, increasing the risk of warfare

A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft awaits an engine test prior to an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operation at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, in 2019. Photo: US Air Force / AFP
A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft awaits an engine test prior to an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operation at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, in 2019. Photo: US Air Force / AFP
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