Army Drone Wish List: Lighter, Deadlier, Survivable

Army Drone Wish List: Lighter, Deadlier, Survivable image
November 10, 2015 | Source: Aaron Mehta, Defense News

Could the Army arm the RQ-7 Shadow UAV? There are both benefits and risks.

That includes building survivability in contested environments through assured precision, navigation and timing technologies, and finding ways to increase integrity of data links.

Von Eschenbach added that he wants to see a universal operator concept, complete with a common cockpit and a user interface that runs across the entire fleet of Army unmanned systems.

He also said he'd be interested in experimenting with putting electronic warfare technologies onto the UAV fleets, but noted that would require major studies to look into the pros and cons of adding such technology onto various unmanned vehicles.

"There's no doubt in my mind that in the future, [Army] unmanned systems will have roles other than ISR," Von Eschenbach said. "The question is, what is the path to be able to do that?"