Unmanned aerial vehicles, now also being called unmanned aircraft systems, have come a long way since their introduction during World War I. Inaccurate and unreliable, these early UAVs did not impress political or military leaders of the time, and few recognized their hidden potential. Operation Desert Storm in 1991 saw the first widespread battle use of UAVs. NATO's involvement in the Balkans throughout the 1990s saw widened use of UAVs, but not until the 9/11 terrorist attacks did the ...

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