The Drone War: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles used by the US Military
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. His flight is controlled either autonomously by computers in the vehicle, or under the control of the driver of the ground or in another vehicle.
There is a wide variety of UAV shapes, sizes, configurations, and characteristics. Historically, UAVs were simple remote-controlled aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being used.
They are mainly used for military applications, but also in a small but growing number of civil applications, such as police, fire and nonmilitary security, such as surveillance of pipelines.
There are two prominent drone programs in the United States: that of the army and those of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). drone program of the army is open, which means that it is recognized by the public and therefore only works when US troops are stationed. The CIA program is hidden. Services provided by not prevent the CIA drone program, where US troops are stationed
UAVs typically fall into one of the following functional categories:
Target and decoy – providing ground and aerial gunnery a target that simulates. enemy aircraft or missiles
Reconnaissance – providing battlefield intelligence
Combat – providing attack capability for risky missions
Logistics – UAVs specifically designed for freight and logistics operation
Research and Development – develop further used to integrate UAV technologies in the field deployed UAV aircraft
civil and commercial UAVs – UAVs specifically designed for civilian and commercial applications
This book begins with an overview of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the history of the programs. Every major military drone explained in detail including the mission, functions, background and specifications at any of the great military UAVs. 107 pages, 33 full color photos. Content hyperlinks for easy navigation.