Uncrewed Aircraft Systems

Uncrewed Aircraft (UA) do not carry a human operator, but are operated remotely, using various levels of automated functions. They can be a rotary, fixed-wing, or lighter-than-air aircraft and typically include integrated equipment such as propulsion, avionics, fuel, navigation, and communication.

The terms ‘Uncrewed Aircraft’ and ‘Drone’, as well as variations such as ‘Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV)’ or ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)’ are often used interchangeably but are actually deliberately defined to reflect certain classes, attributions or certifications of unmanned systems. Over the past decades, the use of such systems has increased and they provide distinctive capabilities such as intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, precision targeting and precision strike with reduced risk.

Featured Publications

It’s a Question of Gender!

Unmanned is now Uncrewed
By Lt Col 
‘Gender-inclusive language is about writing and speaking in a way that does not discriminate or marginalize on the basis of gender and does not promote or perpetuate gender stereotypes. Therefore, using gender-inclusive language proactively and [...]

Defining the Swarm

Challenges in Developing NATO-Agreed Terminology Across All Domains
By Lt Col 
By Lt Col 
In recent years, the terms ‘swarm’ and ‘swarming’ have been among the most prevalent buzzwords in the uncrewed This article aims to outline the challenges and provides food for thought when discussing a future definition [...]

Human-Machine Interface: An Evolutionary Necessity

Developing Benchmarks for Future Driven Interface Designs
By Lt Col 
By Lt Col 
Optimal pilot-aircraft interaction has always been considered a cornerstone for achieving effective operational performance while maintaining a high level of safety during a task or mission. As more and more complex flight tasks are carried [...]

Subject Matter Expert

Lieutenant Colonel

Andre Haider

Subject Matter Expert 
Uncrewed Aircraft Systems

Lieutenant Colonel André Haider is an artillery officer by trade with over fifteen years’ experience in command & control and operational planning. He is the JAPCC’s Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Subject Matter Expert for more than ten years and represents the JAPCC in the NATO Joint Capability Group Unmanned Aircraft Systems...


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