The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is more commonly known as a drone and plays an important role in military defence technology. Essentially, it is a military aircraft that does not require a human onboard in order to operate effectively. It is operated in one of two ways.
Either the aerial vehicle is controlled by a computer installed in the drone or remotely by a pilot or navigator from another vehicle or from the ground. Lately, Military use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) has become more and more common in intelligence strategies. These unmanned vehicles were originally designed strictly for the gathering of information but are now equipped with defence features that include Hellfire missiles.
The growing use of the unmanned aerial vehicle has recently made its way into current events involving the United Nations. As of mid-April, the U.N. was considering employing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles primarily for surveillance and for the gathering of information.
The United Nations wants to share UAVs with the United States but some fear that this may put U.S. national security at risk. The danger is in these autonomous aircraft falling into the wrong hands and being severely misused.
But drones are being used in other branches of defence as well. The Central Intelligence Agency has been involved in the development of UAVs since the 1980s. In the military, the Army Aviation Brigade integrated manned and unmanned vehicles for the first time in 2011. The sector operates under the command of one aviation commander. This groundbreaking change is evidence of the Army’s new and pointed focus on combining the abilities and advantages of piloted aircraft and UAVs.
The team of drones joining the manned aerial vehicles consist Grey Eagle UAVs, the largest in the Army. The entire innovative manned/unmanned teaming performed in their first live exercise in Utah in September of the same year they were established. The goal of the exercise was to test and prove the benefit of how drones in the air can provide solid support to soldiers on the ground when gathering intelligence and reconnaissance.
The addition of unmanned aerial vehicles to sectors of piloted systems provides the tremendous benefit of a better connection among the various systems in order to provide improved intelligence for ground troops. This, in turn, gives soldiers a working knowledge targets and the information needed to accomplish missions with the fewest casualties.