Accession Number : AD0687295

Title :   A CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS SURVEILLANCE AND ARMED AERIAL VEHICLES (MANNED AND UNMANNED).

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND WASHINGTON D C SYSTEMS AND COST ANALYSIS DIV

Personal Author(s) : Tropf,William J. ; Lanigan,Stephen J. ; Gilchrist,W. Allen , Jr

Report Date : APR 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : This study is a conceptual analysis of drones in the aerial surveillance and armed aerial vehicle role. Generic manned and unmanned aerial subsystems are compared against a generalized mission to address the question: 'what happens if we have drones'; and 'why we have drones', on a first level basis. Further discussion includes resource requirements and certain more abstract considerations such as the value of manned space probes and how the emphasis on manned spacecraft vs a corresponding emphasis for unmanned areial vehicles can be reconciled. The major findings of the authors are threefold. Drones presently offer no capability which could not conceivably be achieved with a manned system, but certain missions may be better accomplished by unmanned systems. The question then, is a matter of degree rather than additional capability. Secondly, under certain conditions and for specific types of missions drones may represent a more cost effective choice in the current time frame; and these cases should become more pronounced as the state-of-the-art progresses. Finally, the most significant advantage of having drones is that along with manned aircraft they represent a system offering considerable flexibility of choice to the field commander. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DRONES, ARMY OPERATIONS), COMBAT SURVEILLANCE, TERRAIN INTELLIGENCE, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, VULNERABILITY, MISSION PROFILES, AREA COVERAGE, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, MANNED SPACECRAFT, SURVEILLANCE DRONES, AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE, TACTICAL WARFARE

Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE