Flyers and UAVs Team Up
As I’ve long argued, robots are here to serve man, not replace him! Before you joke about the connotations of that last statement, here is proof from DoD Buzz on how unmanned aerial vehicles are enhancing the already impressive abilities of Army pilots:
[A recent study], done as part of the service’s unmanned aerial systems roadmap, found that manned systems located 70 percent of targets. Combining manned helicopters and unmanned aerial systems (Shadows, for the purposes of the study) led to a sharp increase to 90 percent of targets found and, presumably, killed. That’s the word from Col. Chris Carlile, who is leading the effort to build the Army’s UAS roadmap…
Carlile said one of the sparks for increased effectiveness was the ability of a Shadow UAV to fly point, say, 10 kilometers ahead of the squadron and cue the piloted Kiowas to take out the enemy before the helicopters were spotted.
Wonder if they have the UAV controller within the Kiowa? Then the team could extend their operating radius. This seems to be a strong advocate for pilots to embrace the UAV concept, if the tacticians can think of new ways to deploy them together, manned and unmanned. Could be the drones will eventually displace the pilot altogether, but certainly not yet!
Hat tip to Lee Wahler.