Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Robotic Air Warfare 1917-2007

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are the most dynamic field of aerospace technology, and potentially the harbingers of new aviation technology and tactics. They have only emerged from the shadows in recent years, but in fact have been in use for decades. After some limited use in World War II, UAVs began to emerge as a substitute for manned reconnaissance aircraft in the 1950s for missions deemed too dangerous to risk an aircrew. Used in significant numbers in the Vietnam War as well as less-heralded missions such...
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Overview

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are the most dynamic field of aerospace technology, and potentially the harbingers of new aviation technology and tactics. They have only emerged from the shadows in recent years, but in fact have been in use for decades. After some limited use in World War II, UAVs began to emerge as a substitute for manned reconnaissance aircraft in the 1950s for missions deemed too dangerous to risk an aircrew. Used in significant numbers in the Vietnam War as well as less-heralded missions such as spy flights over China in the 1950s and 1960s, the contemporary UAV began to emerge in the 1980s.

This book examines the development of this unique and mysterious technology, revealing how it has changed combat through the years and speculating on its potential to transform the nature of warfare in the future. Steven J Zaloga examines the pioneering use of UAVs conducted by the Israeli air and the use of UAVs during Operation Desert Storm. Packed with rare, recently declassified photographs and detailed full-color cutaways, this title goes on to investigate the wide deployment of UAVs over Iraq and Afghanistan today, and considers the possible future of the UAV as an actual military weapon.

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"...offers a detailed survey of the design, development and history of warfare machinery through the ages. From the early development of the technology to how it has changed combat over the years, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles is an excellent addition to military libraries, as is any other series title from Osprey." -Midwest Book Review (January 2009)

"Author Zaloga along with some superb photographs and the illustrations of Ian Palmer, tells the story of these vehicles from their earliest inception to the current range of vehicles to those being developed for the future. A story that has really just begun and is as fascinating today as it was when first developed. A book I know you will find interesting and informative. Highly recommended along with all of Osprey's titles in this series." -Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness (October 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032431
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Series: New Vanguard Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 460,921
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defence Analyses, a federal think-tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. The author lives in Abingdon, Maryland.
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Table of Contents


Introduction 4 The Early Days 4 The First Assault Drones 7 Cold War Robot Spies 10 Lightning Bugs Over Vietnam 12 Sub-Killer Drones 16 Red Drones 17 Israeli Innovations 21 European Uavs 23 Tactical Uavs: The Next Generation 25 Operation Desert Storm 26 Endurance Uavs 29 Growth and Expansion 34 Assault Drones 40 The Future of Uavs 44 Further Reading 46 Index 48
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