Military Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles- A Historical Study

The following study is devoted to the phenomenon of unmanned aerial vehicles used throughout known history on the battlefield or for military purposes. The purpose of the following text is to familiarise the reader with an overview with the contemporary and historical employment of the unmanned vehicles on the battlefield. The study also aims to show that the concept of unmanned combat vehicles, also unmanned aerial combat vehicles, is far more ancient than is it is widely known. The article is based on theoretical research methods, mostly multinational academic literature. The author starts with an introduction on the role of limiting soldiers’ fatalities and the concept of removing military men from the battleground. Then, the author presents known examples of using unmanned ships in battles from Thucydides’ times to the invention of the Hell-burner of Antwerp. Further, the case of first unmanned combat aerial vehicle is presented, the bombing balloons from the nineteenth century, followed by a more contemporary study of the military use of unmanned aircrafts. The article is concluded with an analysis of the present employment of drones when they tend to substitute manned aircrafts on various occasions, especially when a mission is deemed “dull, dirty or dangerous”.

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APA

Frontiers, E. (2023). Military Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles- A Historical Study. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/military-use-of-unmanned-aerial-vehicles-a-historical-study

MLA 8th

Frontiers, Edu "Military Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles- A Historical Study" Afribary. Afribary, 06 Apr. 2023, https://afribary.com/works/military-use-of-unmanned-aerial-vehicles-a-historical-study. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

MLA7

Frontiers, Edu . "Military Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles- A Historical Study". Afribary, Afribary, 06 Apr. 2023. Web. 17 Jun. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/military-use-of-unmanned-aerial-vehicles-a-historical-study >.

Chicago

Frontiers, Edu . "Military Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles- A Historical Study" Afribary (2023). Accessed June 17, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/military-use-of-unmanned-aerial-vehicles-a-historical-study