30 Apr '12, 9am

USAF to develop nano-UAVs to collect ISR data

USAF to develop nano-UAVs to collect ISR data

The US Air Force (USAF) is considering the development of nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to conduct penetrating reconnaissance missions inside heavily defended airspace. The service will initially depend on stealthy fifth-generation fighter fleet to gather intelligence data inside heavily defended airspace as well as on other non-stealth airborne intelligence collectors, such as RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft. USAF intelligence chief Lieutenant General Larry James has been quoted by Flightglobal as saying that its Lockheed Martin-built F-22s and F-35s could be the only aircraft capable of gathering intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data inside those hostile environments. Both aircraft feature an array of sensors which enable them to serve as extremely capable intelligence collectors. USAF's scientific advisory board and Air Combat Command (ACC) are curr...

Full article: http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-to-devel...

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