Accession Number : ADA523431


Title :   Applications for Navy Unmanned Aircraft Systems


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : Alkire, Brien ; Kallimani, James G ; Wilson, Peter A ; Moore, Louis R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a523431.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 97


Abstract : There has been tremendous growth in demand for unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) by the United States military since 2001. The United States Navy is making large investments in a number of major UAS programs, including Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) UAS, the Unmanned Combat Aircraft System Demonstrator (UCAS-D), the Fire Scout vertical takeoff/landing tactical UAS (VTUAS), and the Small Tactical/Tier II UAS (STUAS/Tier II UAS). Navy OPNAV N81 asked RAND to provide an evaluation of the Navy's ongoing and proposed UAS programs and to describe the most promising applications of UAS to operational tasks. These assessments were to include arguments for and against using manned vehicles to perform the same tasks as unmanned vehicles, where appropriate. Completed in September 2008, the study does not provide an exhaustive look at all DoD missions for UAS. It does, however, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of manned and unmanned aircraft for certain missions of importance to the Navy. We emphasized traditional Navy missions rather than Navy contributions to irregular warfare, though we examined a few nontraditional missions, such as counter-piracy.


Descriptors :   *NAVAL EQUIPMENT , *DRONES , *NAVAL AIRCRAFT , NAVAL OPERATIONS , OCEAN SURVEILLANCE , MISSIONS , GROWTH(GENERAL) , MILITARY APPLICATIONS


Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE