[...] as noted in Maj Travis Burdine's article "The Army's 'Organic' Unmanned Aircraft Systems" (Summer 2009), "Improvised explosive devices (IED) have killed more ground soldiers than any other threat- over 60 percent of the total" (p. 95). [...] as mentioned in Airpower Trends 2010 (Summer 2009) by retired Air Force colonel John Jogerst, We have solutions in hand to get unmanned systems from takeoff to a destination- more than enough capability for straightforward missions like cargo delivery.
Ricochets & Replies We encourage you to e-mail your comments to us at email@example.com. We reserve the right to edit your remarks. THE ARMY’S “ORGANIC” brings in 100,000 pounds from Europe to UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS Bagram. It off-loads a smaller amount (say AND AIRPOWER TRENDS 2010 20,000 pounds) to a C-130 that goes to a re- gional airstrip that supports 10 forward I believe that the Air Force needs to acceler- bases. The C-130’s payload is split into 10 ate its efforts in unmanned aircraft systems packages of 2,000 pounds that are shipped (UAS). In particular, I think it should de- to each of these bases by UAV STOLs. The velop UAS delivery of air cargo to forward original packing is based on each base’s bases in Afghanistan—for two compelling reasons. First, as noted in Maj Travis Bur- unique needs and doesn’t need repacking. dine’s article “The Army’s ‘Organic’ Un- Of course, there will be last-minute needs, manned Aircraft Systems” (Summer 2009), but if this system satisfied 90 percent of the “Improvised explosive devices (IED) have requirements, it could be quite efficient. killed more ground soldiers than any other Our current stable of UASs (e.g., Preda- threat—over 60 percent of the total” (p. 95). tor, Reaper, etc.) is optimized for long en- No IED can destroy an unmanned aircraft. durance. What we need for a short-range Second, as mentioned in “Airpower Trends cargo UAS is a craft with a high lift wing, 2010” (Summer 2009) by retired Air Force rugged landing gear, and not necessarily a colonel John Jogerst, “We have solutions in long range. The German Fieseler Storch of hand to get unmanned system
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