Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from the bottom-up operational perspective Academic Article uri icon


  • The advantages to military commanders offered by using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) in general, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) 2 in particular, are numerous. The most noticeable advantages are that UAVs can be used for “the dull, the dirty, and the dangerous” missions (Riebeling, 2004). UAVs are perceived as potent force multipliers, directly releasing manned aircraft and human ground forces for other missions. UAVs also offer increased efficiencies in operation and support costs due to the reduced need to fly actual pilots. The life cycle cost savings from the use of UAVs, in addition to the decreasing risk to human operators/soldiers, promises to be substantive. Clearly all the advantages of ROVs and UAVs will increase and encourage the military to find more and more applications and missions to be performed by ROVs (Wilson, 2002). The main concern of this chapter is in …

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  • January 1, 2010