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JUSTAS: the project to buy armed Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAVs

Eye In The Sky

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Unmanned aircraft, counterintuitively, are very manpower intensive.

They require people at the operating bases to maintain, fuel and arm the things. They require a legion of shift workers to run the missions. They require technicians to maintain the secure networks that link everything together. Not to mention mission planners, policy, intelligence, legal…

Those are also things needed to launch/support/turn around manned crewed AC too?
 
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That's probably the best analogy for a current RCAF aircraft. Plus the air-to-ground strike bit.

Likely with more screens, because there's no weight limit on the Ground Control Station (or, apparently, thought for Human Factors).

Below is supposedly an MQ-9A station for Pilot and Sensor Operator.

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I hope the PO can swap some of those screens around to FMV feeds!

I was in a combined US/UK GCS and envied their fancy modern seats and effective AC.
 

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I thought you where kidding.
There has been a push for Uncrewed for years with many using the terms interchangeably. Because pedantically a remotely piloted aircraft is more correctly referred to as uncrewed, not unmanned. Unmanned can mean not carrying a crew but broadly also includes autonomous vehicles like drones.
Uncrewed means specifically not carrying a crew, but is still controlled by a ground station.

The fact that it aligns with inclusive language is convenient and likely another mark in favour of uncrewed.

The language for various forms of Remotely Piloted Vehicles and Autonomous Vehicles is evolving as the types are more and more defined and the old UXV acronyms no longer gives enough specific information.

Unmanned: not carrying, staffed, and/or performed by people
Uncrewed: not carrying a crew
 

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There has been a push for Uncrewed for years with many using the terms interchangeably. Because pedantically a remotely piloted aircraft is more correctly referred to as uncrewed, not unmanned. Unmanned can mean not carrying a crew but broadly also includes autonomous vehicles like drones.
Uncrewed means specifically not carrying a crew, but is still controlled by a ground station.

The fact that it aligns with inclusive language is convenient and likely another mark in favour of uncrewed.

The language for various forms of Remotely Piloted Vehicles and Autonomous Vehicles is evolving as the types are more and more defined and the old UXV acronyms no longer gives enough specific information.

Unmanned: not carrying, staffed, and/or performed by people
Uncrewed: not carrying a crew
Plus Unmanned is Unwoke! or something something.....
 
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