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Pioneer unmanned air vehicle accomplishments during Operation Desert Storm
Author(s): James H. Christner
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Paper Abstract

This paper will describe the accomplishments and lessons learned of the Pioneer Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The Pioneer UAV has been deployed with three branches of the U.S. military (USA, USN, and USMC) for the past four years. Although the system has compiled over 6,000 flight hours, the recent conflict in the Gulf is the first opportunity to demonstrate its true value in a combat scenario. In a relatively short time (42 days), 307 flights and 1,011 flight hours were completed on Operation Desert Storm. This, coupled with the accuracy of various weapons systems that Pioneer observed/cued for, resulted in timely target engagements. This paper will chronicle the Pioneer deployment and accomplishments on Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Various employment methods, tactics, doctrine, and lessons learned will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1538, Airborne Reconnaissance XV, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.48706
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James H. Christner, AAI Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1538:
Airborne Reconnaissance XV
Thomas W. Augustyn; Paul A. Henkel, Editor(s)

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