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Uncrewed Aerial Systems: A Primer

Uncrewed Aerial Systems: A Primer

19 October 2022

Sarah Grand-Clément and Theò Bajon

10 Pages

The production and use of uncrewed aerial systems (UASs) – which include vehicles that can be piloted either remotely or semi-autonomously – have increased. 

This primer introduces the different types of UAS, describes their key components and functions, and outlines the main challenges that these systems can pose to international security. The focus of the primer is on describing the main areas of technological innovation and development related to the key components that comprise UASs, outlining the anticipated areas of progress and potential concern.

linked programmes

, Security and Technology

sponsor organization

Germany (Conventional Arms and Ammunition Programme) and Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Microsoft (Security and Technology Programme).

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