Naval UAV Programs: Sea Based UAV's
PROGRAM EXECUTIVE OFFICE PATUXENT RIVERMD STRIKE WEAPONS AND UNMANNED AVIATION
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The purpose of this document is to state the importance of having an evolving sea based UAV program to aid in the development of successive sea based UAV systems. The Pioneer use on hoard LPDs and changing requirements helped shape the VTUAV development. Currently the program of record does not field VTUAV, it completes EMD only, and the next sea based capability is delayed until UCAV in 2015. Thus taking a giant step from LPDs in 2000 to carrier in 2015, which may he a technological and cultural leap to tar without evolution. Using lessons learned from prior sea based systems will ease future operations and significantly reduce shipboard integration issues.
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