The packaging of satellite positioning systems with advanced sensors, communication links and computer processors, have given Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) a capability that previously existed only in the realm of science fiction.
After many false starts and broken promises, a technological tipping point is approaching that may well deliver a genuine revolution in military affairs. However, despite the growing ubiquity of unmanned aircraft, key questions remain over how to best procure, employ and support them.
Joint Doctrine Note (JDN) 2/11 the ‘UK approach to unmanned aircraft systems’ considers how UAS may contribute to the UK’s future defence and security needs between now and 2030. Its purpose is to identify and discuss policy, conceptual, doctrinal and technology issues that will need to be addressed if such systems are to be successfully developed and integrated into future operations.