UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES IN DESERT SHIELD/STORM
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) performed superbly during DESERT SHIELD/STORM. Their uses included targeting, "real time" battle damage assessment, artillery and naval gunfire adjustment, reconnaissance and advanced warning and coordination of ground and air operations. UAVs elicited very positive feedback from DESERT STORM commanders.
522 Sorties/1641 hours flown (at least 1 UAV airborne at all times during DESERT STORM):
12 UAVs destroyed:
1 hostile fire
3 electromagnetic interference (EMI)
2 operator error
6 engine/general/airframe failure
11 UAVs damaged during DESERT STORM (repairable):
6 operator error
3 engine/general failure
3 UAVs suffered minor damage due to small arms fire.