Experimental analysis of integration of tactical unmanned aerial vehicles and Naval Special Warfare Operations Forces
Butner, Joseph C., IV
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An experimental investigation was conducted to examine the use of small, expendable, endurance UAVs to enhance the combat effectiveness of Naval Special Warfare Forces (NSW). The experiment involved UAVs, NSW forces, and a red team in a downed-pilot rescue mission. Models were developed to determine optimum flight patterns for all UAVs. Models were also developed and utilized to determine experimental variables and measures of effectiveness. Simulation of the exercise was conducted to determine adequacy of the experiment plan. It was found that UAVs significantly enhanced force protection, provided direct improvement in C2, significantly enhanced situational awareness, and provided the ability to track blue forces. It was found that video feed to blue force foot patrols may not be as valuable as having the C2 element dedicated to viewing the feed provide real-time COMS relay to the patrol. The exercises demonstrated that NSW forces do not need to launch and fly UAVs in order to utilize their capabilities; rather UAVs can be located and launched at the Forward Operating Base. The data obtained imply that small, expendable, endurance UAVs may do more than enhance capabilities for current missions, they may enable NSW Forces to conduct missions previously considered too high-risk.
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