Accession Number : ADA305682

Title :   Special Operations Forces and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Sooner or Later?

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Howard, Stephen P.

PDF Url : ADA305682

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : This study analyzes whether special operations forces (SOF) should use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to support intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, communications, and resupply capability deficiencies. The author's objective is to review the missions and requirements of the United States Special Operations Command, examine current and future unmanned aerial vehicle technologies, and analyze whether unmanned aircraft technologies are mature enough to meet the demanding special operations mission. The result of the analysis is that unmanned aerial vehicles have tremendous potential. But, due to the technological limitations and a lack of systems maturity, unmanned aerial vehicles lack the range, reliability, datalink capability, and size to meet SOF needs at this time. However, in the future, UAVs should be able to fulfill several SOF capability deficiencies.

Descriptors :   *SPECIAL FORCES, *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES, INTELLIGENCE, AIRCRAFT, RELIABILITY, LIMITATIONS, MISSIONS, DEFICIENCIES, UNMANNED, DATA LINKS, RECONNAISSANCE, REPLENISHMENT.

Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE