Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey

Predators, Reapers and America's Newest UAVs in Combat

Book - 2010
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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UVAs), aka remotely piloted aircraft, are often in the news about the war on terrorism being waged in Afghanistan and Iraq. An author specializing in military and aviation history topics presents a well-illustrated chronicle of the development and combat use of what has become this century's signature weapons system. Yenne traces the advances in UVA technology from World War II's radio-directed drones to today's satellite-guided systems, as well as changes in attitudes regarding their role in combat. Appendices list specifications for selected UAVs and a checklist of American military UAVs. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Although primitive unmanned TV-guided airplanes were used in combat during World War II, it is only recently that these machines have matured into the most significant new method of aerial combat since the beginning of contemporary warfare. The fact that onboard human pilots are no longer needed for these aircraft to carry out their deadly missions is fascinating for military enthusiasts and aviation historians alike. These remotely piloted vehicles are now re-writing the book on modern aerial surveillance and close air support. Delivering their lethal payloads with surgical precision, propeller-driven and jet-powered remotely piloted aircraft are guided by satellite, and flown by human operators located halfway around the world in air-conditioned trailers, isolated from the hostile combat environment of the aircraft themselves. While this book also covers the history and development of early-unmanned aerial vehicles, the focus is on all the latest impressive technology used in today's most modern remotely piloted combat aircraft.

Publisher: North Branch, MN : Specialty Press, 2010
Description: 159 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
ISBN: 9781580071536
Branch Call Number: 623.7469 Yen


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