Accession Number : ADA326936

Title :   Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - Promises and Potential.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Sosa, Arthur J.

PDF Url : ADA326936

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : This paper reviews the background of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), tracing UAV technology from its genesis through to the promising UAV systems in development today. It provides historical insight into the enabling technologies which make UAVs uniquely capable of a variety of missions beyond their traditional roles in aerial reconnaissance. Finally, the controversy over Manned vs. Unmanned Aircraft is raised to shake up the cultural inertia which seems to constrain UAV applications in the Revolution in Military Affairs. Regardless of the winner of that debate, UAV systems are politically and fiscally relevant to our military today and in the uncertain future.

Descriptors :   *SURVIVABILITY, *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES, AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, PAYLOAD, PILOTS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, UNMANNED, MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, AVIATION SAFETY.

Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE