unmanned aerial vehicle

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unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
Predator tactical UAV.
A powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload. Ballistic or semiballistic vehicles, cruise missiles, and artillery projectiles are not considered unmanned aerial vehicles. Also called remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) and uninhabited combat aerial vehicles (UCAV).
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Ten years on from the World Trade Center attacks he reveals how agents have developed a controversial method to kill terrorists who attack with pilotless drone aircraft.
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The US has widened pilotless drone aircraft missile strikes against al Qaeda-linked militants in Pakistan's northwest.
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The United States has stepped up pilotless drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal regions since a Dec.
At the same time, the United States has stepped up missile strikes by pilotless drone aircraft on militants in northwestern Pakistan.
Possibilities include sending more combat troops and trainers for the Afghan army and stepping up strikes by pilotless drone aircraft on militants on the Pakistani side of the border.
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The new element was that Israel used pilotless drone aircraft.
The missiles, fired from a pilotless drone, hit a residential compound at Ladah, about 35 kilometers north of Wana, the main town of South Waziristan known as a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaida leaders taking shelter in Pakistan, they said.
The design comprises a frail-looking grey-painted craft somewhat similar to a military pilotless drone.