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Achieving Lethal Effects by Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Opportunities and Limitations

Jack Watling and Nicholas Waters
RUSI Journal, 25 April 2019
Armed Forces, UK, Technology
A considered evaluation of the potential of SUAVs is needed.

The military application of armed small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAVs) has been discussed for over a decade. Many of their imagined uses however overlook crucial limitations on their employment relating to power, processing, payload, cost, and control systems. Over the last three years armed SUAVs have been extensively employed on the battlefield, providing a rich set of case studies. Jack Watling and Nicholas Waters explore how armed SUAVs can be effectively integrated into the British Army.

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Dr Jack Watling
Research Fellow

Dr Jack Watling is a Research Fellow at RUSI, responsible for the study of Land Warfare. Jack has recently published detailed studies of... read more

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