Whether you call them Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (or simply lump them altogether as "drones"), these seemingly overnight sensations are actually decades in the making.
UAV.com is a new forum for conversation on what we'll call Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), flying systems of varying sizes and capabilities, currently linked only by the requirement that no traditional human pilot is riding inside at the controls.
Who are we? General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., makers of the industry-defining Predator and Reaper UAV families, with over three decades at the forefront of this segment of aviation history. We've designed more than two dozen UAV types, delivered more than 1,100 aircraft, and flown them more than eight million flight hours, mostly in combat. It's all we do.
We remember a time when you couldn't give a UAV away. Now an evolving global security environment, combined with cheap access to new technology, has created a worldwide market for UAVs of all sizes, styles, and significance. But not all UAVs are created equally.
As international governments and their militaries grapple with these evolving concepts, UAV.com was conceived to give you a centralized home for all things UAV – a place for intellectual exploration and thought leadership, delivered by the best in the business. Here, we'll sift through the headlines, provide critical analysis, and offer our views on UAV innovations, real-world success stories, and wide-ranging policy topics.
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