05 March 2001


by Colonel Ronald W. Wilson

Family of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

"In 1988, Congress directed the Department of Defense (DOD) to establish a Joint Program Office for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and develop a master plan for military UAVs. The Family of UAVs continues to evolve based on field experimentation, Service requirements, and operational requirements from the various warfighting commanders in chief. All current and planned UAV systems are multi-Service and intended to be as interoperable as practical and connected to Service command, control, communications, computers and intelligence architectures."

Tactical UAV

Hunter UAV

Medium-Altitude Endurance UAV

Guardrail Common Sensor

Airborne Reconnaissance Low