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2011 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Encyclopedia

UAVs, Drones, Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), Weapons and Surveillance - Roadmap, Flight Plan, Reliability Study, Systems News and Notes

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Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as UAVs, drones, or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), are now a vital component of military and homeland security operations, playing an increasingly important role in the Afghanistan-Pakistan war, and protecting American borders from terror threats. This comprehensive 500 page report provides detailed information about UAS aircraft and weapons systems, with reproductions of three high impact Pentagon reports along with an extensive news and notes chapter, all in one convenient ebook. There is coverage of systems used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Homeland Security, Coast Guard, NOAA, NASA, and Customs and Border Patrol.

Reports in this exceptional collection: 2009 - 2034 Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap including UGV Ground Vehicles, UMS Maritime Systems, Drones, Technologies, Current and Future Programs * 2009-2047 U.S. Air Force Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and UAV Flight Plan * 21st Century Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Reliability Study – Predator, Pioneer, Hunter, UAS – Power, Propulsion, Flight Control, Communication, Human Factors.

Integrated Roadmap: Contents include: Unmanned Systems Applied to Joint Capability Areas (JCAs) * Battle Space Awareness * Force Application * Protection * Logistics * Building Partnerships * Force Support * Command and Control (C2) * Net Centric * Unmanned Systems Performance Envelope * Performance Across Domains * Air Domain * Ground Domain * Maritime Domain * UAS * A160 Hummingbird * Aerosonde * Aqua/Terra Puma * Battlefield Air Targeting Micro Air Vehicle (BATMAV) - WASP III * Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS) * Buster * XM-156 Class I * Combat Medic Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for Resupply and Evacuation * FINDER * Global Observer * Improved Gnat Extended Range (I-Gnat-ER) "Warrior Alpha" / Extended Range/Multipurpose (ER/MP) Block 0 * Maverick * MQ-1 Predator * MQ-1C Extended Range/Multi-purpose (ER/MP) * MQ-5B Hunter * MQ-8 Fire Scout * MQ-9 Reaper (formerly Predator B) * Onyx Autonomously Guided Parafoil System * RQ-11 Pathfinder Raven * RQ-14 Dragon Eye/Swift * RQ-15 Neptune * Gasoline Micro Air Vehicle (gMAV) * RQ-4 Global Hawk * RQ-4 Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) * RQ-7 Shadow 200 * ScanEagle * Silver Fox * Small Tactical UAS (STUAS)/Tier II UAS * Tactical Mini-Unmanned Air Vehicle (TACMAV) * Unmanned Combat Aircraft System - Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) * Wasp * XM 157 Class IV UAS * XPV-1 Tern * XPV-2 Mako * Unmanned Airship Systems * Advanced Airship Flying Laboratory (AAFL) * Hybrid Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (HUAV) Persistent Elevated Reconnaissance * Surveillance Intelligence Unmanned System (PERSIUS) * Joint Land Attack Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS) * Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) * Rapidly Elevated Aerostat Platform (REAP) * Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) * Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Airspace Integration

Air Force Flight Plan: The 2009-2047 U.S. Air Force Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and UAV Flight Plan has information on the current program and action plan, the platforms (nano, micro, man-portable, air-launched, Predator, Reaper, Global Hawk, Raven, Wasp), evolution of capabilities, manpower and pilot training issues, and much more.

Reliability Study: Reliability is at the core of achieving routine airspace access, reducing acquisition cost, and improving mission effectiveness for UAVs. Although it has taken the fleet 17 years to reach the 100,000 flight hour milestone, this study is the first comprehensive effort to address formally the reliability issue for these increasingly utilized military assets. The results presented are based primarily on actual flight operations data and augmented by in-house reliability assessments performed by individual UAV programs and contractors.

This is a privately authored news service and educational publication of Progressive Management.