Design and Performance Evaluation Study of a Prototype of a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis aims to provide a low-cost solution through integrating commercial off-the-self COTS technologies to produce a prototype of a Tactical Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle UCAV system that can be utilized by the front-line ground units in the near future. The Tactical UCAV is designed to enhance the information collection and autonomous precision strike capability of the ground units. The Tactical UCAV can also be deployed as sensor nodes as part of a larger global information grid in a network-centric warfare operation. The proposed Tactical UCAV system is comprised of a Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle HUAV, which primarily carries high resolution sensors and communication devices and is used as a mother-ship for smaller Killer UAVs KUAV. The KUAV carries a mission specific set of instruments it can be a sensor or a warhead or both depending on the desired end results. After the target is acquired by the HUAV, the target information will be transferred to the KUAV. The KUAV can then be launched n close proximity of the target with the target position update from the HUAV. This thesis will focus on the development of a prototype KUAV and the integration of the prototype with the existing HUAV Rascal developed and operated by the Naval Postgraduate School NPS. The KUAV and the HUAV will form the Tactical UCAV system.
- Pilotless Aircraft