Accession Number : ADA328322

Title :   Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: DoD's Acquisition Efforts.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA328322

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : According to DOD, its objective in acquiring UAVS is to provide unmanned systems that will complement its mix of manned and national reconnaissance assets. However, its UAV acquisition efforts to date have been disappointing. Since Aquila began in 1979, of eight UAV programs, three have been terminated (Aquila, Hunter, Medium Range), three remain in development (Outrider, Global Hawk, DarkStar), and one is now transitioning to low rate production (Predator). Only one of the eight, Pioneer, has been fielded as an operational system. We estimate DOD has spent more than $2 billion for development and/or procurement on these eight UAV programs over the past 18 years.

Descriptors :   *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES, ACQUISITION, PRODUCTION, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, LOW RATE.

Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft

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