> our title:

The Future of UAVs: Challenges to Development

> original title:

The Future of Unmanned Aerial Systems: Challenges to Development

(Source: RAAF Air Power Development Centre; issued Mar 12, 2015)

In a little over a decade, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) have become an indispensable part of all military operations and, equally, a critical element to their success.

Modern Western military forces are rapidly transitioning to information era warfare wherein their modus operandi is almost completely reliant on the availability of near real-time information regarding the adversary and one’s own forces.

This concept of operations is clearly supported by UASs with long loiter times with sophisticated onboard equipment to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

UASs have further been developed into combat platforms by arming them with air-to-ground missiles in order to minimise the time required to engage and neutralise a target after it has been positively identified.

This concept is not new, but the employment of UASs has now reached legendary status and perceived infallibility

Click here to reach the report’s download page, on the RAAF website.