Accession Number : ADA547630


Title :   Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Performing the Airdrop Mission


Descriptive Note : Graduate research project


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT


Personal Author(s) : Farrell, Patrick F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a547630.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 82


Abstract : This research, sponsored by AMC/AA9, utilized a four round Policy Delphi Study to determine the potential utility, benefits, drawbacks and pitfalls of utilizing MQ-9 RPA to perform the airdrop mission. Literature concerning the MQ-9, RPAs, Joint Precision Aerial Delivery Systems, repurposing and rebranding, and Delphi Studies was reviewed. The panel's responses indicate that MQ-9 RPA capabilities should be developed both to support manned airdrop and to conduct small, especially persistent, resupply missions autonomously. RPA airdrop will greatly increase UCCs' freedom of action in elevated or denied threat areas, as well as NBCR environments by removing the risk of loss of manned aircraft or harm to crews.


Descriptors :   *AIR DROP OPERATIONS , *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES , AIR FORCE RESEARCH , MILITARY AIRCRAFT , MISSIONS


Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE