Unmanned Aerial Systems for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance

Report Date: May 2018

By: Matthew Harbaugh

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This report summarizes information about various unmanned aerial systems (UAS) platforms currently used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). The applicability of various UAS platforms and sensor payloads for specific types of missions is discussed, and an overview of the challenges of using UAS for ISR in specific environments is provided. Finally, some of the emerging capabilities of unmanned systems and how these systems may be used for ISR in the future are considered.