The Benefits, Challenges and Evolution of Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles

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Wing Commander Chris Thirtle of the Royal Air Force speaks to Defence IQ about the future direction of the use of Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles. In this interview, conducted at Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles Conference 2010, Wing Commander Thirtle speaks about Air Staff Strategy for UAVs within the RAF. In the context of armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, he reveals current operational requirements and unmanned capabilites within the Afghanistan combat theatre. Also included are conversations on defence supply roles in relation to operational necessity and the current Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).