The U.S. Air Force expects small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) to play an increasing role in future operations, including saturating enemy defenses in an anti-access/area-denial scenario, says the service’s latest roadmap for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). The RPA Vector report covers the period 2013-38 and supersedes the UAS Flight Plan 2009-47, released in 2009 but largely abandoned in 2011 when the Air Force dropped the planned MQ-X Predator/Reaper replacement and cut back its ...

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