An Exploration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Army's Future Combat Systems Family of Systems
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH
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Unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs will be a critical part of the U.S. Army s Future Force. The Future Force will be a highly mobile, network enabled family of systems with integrated sensors and precision munitions. The Future Force will rely heavily on UAVs to provide eyes on the battlefield. These eyes will trigger the deployment of precision munitions by other platforms, and possibly by UAVs themselves. To provide insight into how the numbers and capabilities of UAVs affect a Future Force Combined Arms Battalion s CAB s ability to secure a Northeast Asia urban objective, a simulation was built and analyzed. 46,440 computational experiments were conducted to assess how varying the opposing force and the numbers, tactics, and capabilities of UAVs affects the CAB s ability to secure the objective with minimal losses. The primary findings, over the factors and ranges examined, are UAVs significantly enhance the CAB s performance UAV capabilities and their tactics outweigh the number of UAVs flying battalion level UAVs, especially when armed, are critical in the opening phases of the battle, as they facilitate the rapid attrition of enemy High Pay-off Targets and, at least one company level and a platoon level UAV enhances dismounts survivability later in the battle.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Military Forces and Organizations