Authors: Pilch, Mathias
Altmann, Jürgen
Suter, Dieter
Title: Survey of the Status of Small Armed and Unarmed Uninhabited Aircraft
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: The project ‘Preventive Arms Control for Small and Very Small Armed Aircraft and Missiles’ investigates the properties of ever smaller aircraft and missiles. This project report no. 1 covers the status of aircraft worldwide, including relevant unarmed vehicles but excluding hobby aircraft. Small and very small aircraft are defined by size: below 2 m and below 0.2 m, respectively. After an elementary introduction into aerodynamics a technical overview is given, looking at airframe configurations, materials and manufacturing, power and propulsion, guidance, launch and recovery, and payloads. Future possibilities and trends are illustrated by presenting military research and development of the technological leader, the USA. Short chapters deal with swarms and with countermeasures. The worldwide survey has resulted in a database that contains 129 types from 27 countries. The publicly available properties are given in 26 categories. Statistical evaluations cover several key parameters.
Subject Headings: UAV
arms control
Subject Headings (RSWK): Flugkörper
Issue Date: 2021-03-02
Appears in Collections:Experimentelle Physik III

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