Accession Number:

ADA618992

Title:

The Next Lightweight Fighter: Not Your Grandfather's Combat Aircraft

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIR FORCE RESEARCH INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

A casual survey of unmanned combat aerial vehicles UCAV would show that various countries have pursued a dizzying variety of such possible weapons systems, starting in World War I and continuing today. Reconnaissance variants have a long and effective history, but no autonomous UCAV is close to becoming opera tional. The value of these aircraft remains a subject of much debate, and although UCAVs clearly are not ready to replace manned strike aircraft, the exact role they will fulfill is less clear. Almost any discussion of the subject treats them as aircraft that happen to have a combat role. Although technically correct, this view misses the larger picture. UCAVs are nothing of the sort rather, they are combat aircraft that happen to fly without aircrews on board. As such, UCAVs may represent a partial solution to the increasing expense and dwindling numbers of modern fighter aircraft in service of the United States.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE