FY2009-2034 Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC
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In todays military, unmanned systems are highly desired by combatant commanders COCOMs for their versatility and persistence. By performing tasks such as surveillance signals intelligence SIGINT precision target designation mine detection and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear CBRN reconnaissance, unmanned systems have made key contributions to the Global War on Terror GWOT. As of October 2008, coalition unmanned aircraft systems UAS exclusive of hand-launched systems have flown almost 500,000 flight hours in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, unmanned ground vehicles UGVs have conducted over 30,000 missions, detecting andor neutralizing over 15,000 improvised explosive devices IEDs, and unmanned maritime systems UMSs have provided security to ports. In response to the Warfighter demand, the Department has continued to invest aggressively in developing unmanned systems and technologies. That investment has seen unmanned systems transformed from being primarily remote-operated, single-mission platforms into increasingly autonomous, multi-mission systems. The fielding of increasingly sophisticated reconnaissance, targeting, and weapons delivery technology has not only allowed unmanned systems to participate in shortening the sensor to shooter kill chain, but it has also allowed them to complete the chain by delivering precision weapons on target. This edition of the Unmanned Systems Roadmap attempts to translate the benefit of these systems and technologies into the resultant combat capability by mapping specific unmanned systems to their contributions to Joint Capability Areas JCAs such as Battlespace Awareness, Force Application, Force Support, and Logistics.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Military Intelligence
- Combat Vehicles