Unmanned and Unafraid

Polmar, Norman
September 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Sep2003, Vol. 129 Issue 9, p42
Conference Proceeding
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) hold the promise of dramatically changing the nature of naval warfare in the coming decades. Significantly, the U.S. Navy has been a leader in the UAV field, operating the drone antisubmarine helicopter from its warships in the 1960s. The Navy is seeking to identify the next generation of UAVs to support naval operations. The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations has developed a 'road map' for future development, and these UAVs will be key components of the Navy's vision of ForceNet network and for specific combat roles. Unfortunately, the Navy lagged in developing such a plan and has delayed pursuing a successor to the important RQ-2 Pioneer Tactical T-UAV.


Related Articles

  • Fast Swap. Burgess, Richard R. // Sea Power;Feb2006, Vol. 49 Issue 2, p24 

    The article focuses on the standardization of some unmanned vehicles of the ship to improve operations at sea by the U.S. Navy. The Navy is conducting a study that would determine the viability of a possible shift to the new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) that will enhance its tractability and...

  • Modify the Ship, Not the Vehicle. Lynch, Robert A. // U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Sep2003, Vol. 129 Issue 9, p46 

    For better or for worse, sooner or later, navy air in the U.S. will be upset by unmanned systems. To begin this transition sooner and in a better fashion, the pivotal need is an automated recovery system aboard surface ships to permit operation of high-performance, fixed-wing unmanned aerial...

  • Navy Ends MRUUV RDT&E Program. Fein, Geoff // Defense Daily;12/10/2008, Vol. 240 Issue 47, p1 

    The article reports on the decision of the U.S. Navy to stop funding development of the Mission Reconfigurable Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MRUUV) due to technical and engineering issues . The decision is claimed to affect $36 million of research, development and evaluation funds appropriated in...

  • Persistent ISR. Tiron, Roxana // Sea Power;May2008, Vol. 51 Issue 5, p16 

    The article reports on the move of the U.S. Navy to expand its area of observation. The author discloses that the introduction of key manned and unmanned aircraft programs are part of the Navy's plans. The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aerial system will help strike operations,...

  • Navy Wants To Start Small UAV Program In FY '08. Sirak, Michael // Defense Daily International;8/31/2006, p1 

    The article reports that the U.S. Navy is planning to initiate a project called Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) in 2008. STUAS is envisioned to be the flying binoculars for Navy ships. It would be part of the ship's inventory and operated by the ship's company. It is desired by...

  • NAVAL POWER DOCUMENTATION.  // NATO's Nations & Partners for Peace;2003, Vol. 48 Issue 1, p227 

    Presents an update on the modernization of the U.S. Navy's naval defense systems as of March 2003. Responsibilities of the Cargerock Division in Bethesda, Philadelphia; Description of a concept of an unmanned surface vehicle developed at the Cargerock Division; Focus of the Corona Division on...

  • Navy Seeks To Demonstrate Autonomous Aerial Refueling For UCAS By 2013. Fein, Geoff // Defense Daily;12/10/2008, Vol. 240 Issue 47, p2 

    The article reports on the plan of the U.S. Navy to demonstrate autonomous refueling of Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) by 2013. It highlights the intention of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to contract on a source basis with Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC) to modify X-47B UCAS contract....

  • MANNED AND UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES: RIGHT MIX FOR FUTURE U.S. NAVY AVIATION. Jacobs, Keith // Naval Forces;2004, Vol. 25 Issue 5, p38 

    The U.S. Navy (USN) during the last year has set the Course for both manned and unmanned aircraft developments for the coming six years and hopes to attain initial operating capabilities with strategic ISR-capable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the year 2010. Supplementing both manned and...

  • Navy Continues At-Sea Shipboard Landings of Fire Scout VTUAV. Fein, Geoff // Defense Daily;5/6/2009, Vol. 242 Issue 25, p3 

    The article reports that a series of landings and approaches of the Fire Scout vertical takeoff unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV) has been conducted by the U.S. Navy in the most recent tests of the Unmanned Common Automatic Recovery System (UCAR). Captain Tim Dunigan, Fire Scout program manager,...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics