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Points out the need to make and operate remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) much less expensively than aircraft. Discusses the potential for providing low-cost, tactical RPVs, with emphasis on innovative R&D approaches to establishing their logistic and maintenance characteristics. Costs can be reduced by establishing practical, yet minimal performance requirements, bearing in mind that RPVs are not expected to survive more than 10 to 20 sorties, since they will be used primarily in the most heavily defended environments. Costs can also be reduced by establishing RPVs that will require a minimum number of skilled personnel; i.e., design vehicles in modular form--major components that can be easily and rapidly removed and replaced when necessary, using commercial quality components and materials and developing automated production techniques. This can ultimately lead to throwaway components, which in turn can revolutionize the maintenance and support required and effect greatly reduced life-cycle costs. 12 pp.

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