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Table Of Contents

Introduction
The Cold War
Shootdown of Gary Power’s U-2
Shootdown of a U-2 During Cuban Missile Crisis
The Vietnam War
The Persian Gulf War
Today’s Preparation for Tomorrow
The Past
The AQM-34 Lightning Bug Drone
Figure 1. AQM-34 Lightning Bug
Table 1. Different Types of Lightning Bugs
Other Applications for the Bug
Figure 2. AQM-34 with PGM
Figure 3. AQM-34 with Maverick Missile
The D-21 Tagboard Drone
Figure 5. D-21 Drone Riding M-12
The Pioneer Tactical UAV
Figure 6. Pioneer Tactical UAV
Table 2. Pioneer UAV System Characteristics
The Hunter Tactical UAV
Figure 7. Hunter Tactical UAV
Table 3. Hunter UAV System Characteristics
The Present
The Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office
The Outrider Tactical UAV
Figure 8. Outrider Tactical UAV
Table 4. Outrider UAV System Characteristics
The Predator Medium Altitude Endurance UAV
Figure 9. Predator Tactical UAV
Table 5. Predator UAV System Characteristics
UAVs Over Bosnia
The High Altitude Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (HAE UAV)
Figure 11. High Altitude Endurance UAV CONOPs
The Global Hawk High Altitude Endurance UAV
Figure 12. Global Hawk Employment Concept
Figure 13. Global Hawk UAV
Figure 14. Global Hawk UAV Development Schedule
Figure 15. Global Hawk UAV Development Schedule
Table 6. Global Hawk UAV System Characteristics
Figure 16. Global Hawk Airborne Communications Node Concept
The DarkStar Low Observable HAE UAV
Table 7. DarkStar UAV System Characteristics
Figure 18. DarkStar UAV Development Schedule
Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTD)
Near Term Demonstration Payloads
The Future
Unmanned Tactical Aircraft (UTA)
Figure 19. Unmanned Tactical Aircraft within Strike Packages
Uninhabited Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs)
Figure 20. Attack by UCAVs Deployed by Airlifter
Figure 21. UCAV Attacking Air & Land Targets with High Power Laser
Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (MicroUAV)
Conclusions
Glossary
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An assessment of historical operations and future possibilities

An assessment of historical operations and future possibilities

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