Significance of UAVs in modern battlefield
In this day and age there can be no argument against the presence of the unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) and the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the battlefield. They are fast becoming standard equipment in the order of battle (Orbat) of nearly every modern army. Although fears that they could be lost in the battle are as likely to come true as in the case of manned aircraft the plus remains that no pilot (on whom as much is invested as in the purchase of an aircraft) is lost.
Nonetheless drones are not cheap either. However, their ability to deliver munitions on target very accurately is a coveted achievement. As of date the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
There cannot but be amazement at the accuracy with which the US has been able to detect and destroy wanted terrorists in the Pak-Afghan salient and in Yemen. It is great envy that is driving the desire of nations that want similar facilities.
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