Skip to comments.Future UAVs must multitask, Air Force says
Posted on 04/29/2010 8:24:40 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The Defense Department is reassessing its view of unmanned aerial vehicles a key component of modern combat operations and deciding what the military needs from UAVs beyond their traditional use as a platform to gather intelligence and fire weapons.
The next-generation UAVs will need to take on additional duties including cargo transport, refueling and possible medical applications, and they will need to be interoperable with different platforms, users and military services, DOD officials said at an Institute for Defense and Government Advancement summit on UAVs this week in Vienna, Va.
UAVs are 99 percent [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] today. In the future, they need to be multipurpose ISR and [target acquisition], aerial network layer, attack capabilities, sustainment and cargo, said Glenn Rizzi, deputy director at the Army Unmanned Aerial Systems Center of Excellence.
The military should concentrate on developing modular, plug-and-play aircraft built on standardized interfaces one aircraft for multiple missions, similar frames for one platform, according to Col. Dale Fridley, director of the Air Force Unmanned Aerial Systems Task Force.
We need to define interoperable architecture. And right now were working with [the Office of the Secretary of Defense] to define what that interface will look like, Fridley said. He added that capabilities for sense-and-avoid aircraft detection technology, interoperable command and control, multi-access controls and enhanced human-system interfaces are among the most important short-term enablers in developing next-generation UAVs.
Fridley highlighted the MQ-X unmanned aerial system, the follow-on to the existing MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper UAVs, as the embodiment of the flight plan.
Officials at the UAV summit compared the versatile needs of the next-generation UAV to the flexibility of todays C-130.
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Yes just what the welfare state of New York needs, More low income recipients.
LOL The Usurper signing bill to fund this? I don’t think so!
Posted to wrong article. Wow I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing Glue!
welcome news for taxpayers
Another Industry to be Nationalized...
Pretty soon, war will only be fought with Androids on the ground, and the UAV’s will be as big as a B-1 bomber.
They’re good, but enough is enough!
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