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The Drone War: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Used by the U.S. Military [NOOK Book]

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An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by computers in the vehicle, or under the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. There are a wide variety of UAV shapes, sizes, configurations, and characteristics. Historically, UAVs were simple remotely piloted aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being employed.
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The Drone War: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Used by the U.S. Military

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Overview

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by computers in the vehicle, or under the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. There are a wide variety of UAV shapes, sizes, configurations, and characteristics. Historically, UAVs were simple remotely piloted aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being employed.
They are deployed predominantly for military applications, but also used in a small but growing number of civil applications, such as policing, firefighting, and nonmilitary security work, such as surveillance of pipelines.
There are two prominent drone programs within the United States: that of the military and that of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The military’s drone program is overt, meaning it is recognized by the public and therefore only operates where US troops are stationed. The CIA’s program is covert. Missions performed by the CIA’s drone program do not always occur 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 an enemy aircraft or missile
Reconnaissance – providing battlefield intelligence
Combat – providing attack capability for high-risk missions
Logistics – UAVs specifically designed for cargo and logistics operation
Research and development – used to further develop UAV technologies to be integrated into field deployed UAV aircraft
Civil and Commercial UAVs – UAVs specifically designed for civil and commercial applications
This book begins with an overview of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the history of the programs. Each major military drone is explained in detail including mission, features, background and specifications on each of the major military UAVs. 107 pages, 33 full color photos. Contents hyperlinked for easy navigation.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016706627
  • Publisher: Cia Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 381,361
  • File size: 2 MB

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