U.K. develops unmanned, Cylon-style stealth fighter (for real)

The Taranis, a high-tech unmanned stealth jet, was announced yesterday by U.K. defense firm BAE Systems—which we hope won't bring us one step closer to having to flee Earth while being hunted by Cylons.

The Taranis was named after the Celtic god of thunder (because if they'd named it after Thor, the Norse god of thunder, Marvel would have sicced its lawyers on them, we guess). It's around the size of a Hawk jet and is equipped with an "autonomous" artificial intelligence system.

Test flights for the Taranis—which is almost invisible to ground radar, designed to travel at high jet speeds and capable of carrying bombs and missiles—are due to start in 2011, the Daily Mail reported.

Hope that won't have to be the time we'll all be boarding Battlestar Galactica and getting the heck out of here!

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