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pilotless aircraft

[′pī·lət·ləs ′er‚kraft]
(aerospace engineering)
An aircraft adapted to control by or through a preset self-reacting unit or a radio-controlled unit, without the benefit of a human pilot.

pilotless aircraft

pilotless aircraft
Predator tactical unmanned aerial vehicle.
An aircraft, such as a drone, not piloted by a human, but usually flown by a preset or self-reacting device or radio commands. Also referred to as an RPV (remotely piloted vehicle), a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), or a UCAV (uninhabited combat aerial vehicle).
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The citation reads: "Flight Lieutenant Adderley is indispensable to the unit and has more experience of the testing and experimental flying of Pilotless Aircraft than any other officer.
pilotless aircraft hit a house in Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan on the Afghan border on Friday, killing 25 militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
Consequently, in August 1943, the AAF** considered other small, power-driven pilotless aircraft for special bombing missions, including the Fleetwings XQB-1 and XQB-2 and the Fairchild XQB-3.
Our students were extremely appreciative of the presentation given by BAE Systems on the next generation pilotless aircraft.
The US as a rule does not confirm drone attacks, but its military and the Central Intelligence Agency operating in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy the pilotless aircraft in the region.
They were hit by two missiles as the pilotless aircraft targeted a mosque in Mirali in North Waziristan, north western Pakistan.
A Turkish military and government team last week was in Israel with its officers and soldiers rumbling through the Negev desert learning how to operate the same pilotless aircraft Israelis often use to hunt Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Turkey and Israel signed in 2005 a $185 million deal to buy 10 pilotless aircraft to be mostly used for surveillance by Ankara.
A UAV is a pilotless aircraft that can be either controlled from a remote location, or flown autonomously based on a preprogrammed flight plan.
The pilotless aircraft used in the strikes hit two separate areas in the Taliban and al-Qaeda stronghold of South Waziristan, the intelligence officials said.
In many border areas, Israeli pilotless aircraft were heard, though it was not clear whether they were over Lebanese territory.
On show was a array of conventional battlefield weapons including freshly painted Soviet-era tanks, mobile rocket launchers, short-range missiles, camouflaged trail motorcycles, pilotless aircraft and helicopters.