UAV Proponent Urges SOCOM to Consider Unmanned Aircraft for Armed Overwatch Procurement

An industry insider believes US Special Operations Command (SOCOM)should consider buying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to satisfy its requirement for new Armed Overwatch aircraft The command is only considering manned aircraft to provide backup firepower for operators in the field US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) should consider buying...
  • An industry insider believes US Special Operations Command (SOCOM)should consider buying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to satisfy its requirement for new Armed Overwatch aircraft
  • The command is only considering manned aircraft to provide backup firepower for operators in the field

US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) should consider buying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) instead of only manned platforms for its highly anticipated Armed Overwatch procurement, according to an industry insider.

Armed Overwatch will provide special operations forces (SOF) with deployable and sustainable manned aircraft systems fulfilling close air support (CAS), precision strike, and SOF intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) in austere and permissive environments.

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