The Army has a large portfolio of unmanned aerial systems ranging from small hand-launched drones, such as the Raven, all the way to massive Gray Eagles. Going forward, service leaders would like to upgrade systems with new technology.
“If you ask me to look out beyond the horizon I will tell you I think probably of great interest is assured position navigation and timing, anti-jam [capabilities and improving] the integrity of our data and communications links,” said Col. Courtney Cote, project manager of unmanned aircraft systems at the Army’s program executive office for aviation.
Improved communication links means the service will need better encryption and threat detection technologies, he said. Additionally, he wants systems that offer “great capability” but that are smaller, lighter and more energy efficient, he said Oct. 13 during a media briefing at the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.