Tactical Unmanned Airlift: A Business Case Study
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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Much literature has been published on unmanned aircraft in general, particularly on the roles these aircraft play in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR as well as attack. Less has been written on the use of unmanned aircraft in mobility roles. What has been written has been from the perspective of strategic airlift and air refueling. Virtually nothing has been published on unmanned tactical aircraft. The purpose of this study is to examine intratheater unmanned tactical airlift from an Air Force perspective. This is not a quantitative analysis, but rather an examination of the merits of unmanned tactical airlift as well as a recommendation of why, what, how, and when the Air Force should pursue such technology. Due to the lack of literature on this subject, the paper cannot be considered a formal case study. However, a thorough examination of the available literature is presented as well as research by other authors suggesting desirable characteristics for an unmanned tactical aircraft. In addition, barriers to implementation are examined and a potential way ahead for the Air Force is suggested as well.
- Transport Aircraft
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies