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Dr. Earl William Powers, Research Fellow for the US Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, joins Defence IQ to outline the current stage of development in UCAV technology and deployment, the difficulty of training UCAV pilots and the program they undertake, and key recommendations from operational feedback. He will also provide us with a preview of his seminar topics on the subject of unmanned systems at this year's UCAV conference being held between July 12-14th in London. Visit www.ucavconference.com for more information.
Interview with Winged Commander Chris Thirtle covering the future direction of the use of UCAVs in the RAF. The interview explores key issues including the core benefits of using UCAVs operationally, the roadblocks stopping UCAVs from becoming more pervasive and whether there will ever be a truly autonomous UCAV. He also discusses the issue of pilots flying remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) without traditional RAF pilot training - and the implications to RPA development, and considers at what point RPAs hold sufficient capability to become part of the force mix.