Bio-inspired intelligence based control for Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles: Its Challenges

About the author:

Aman Bahl is a 3rd Year B.A. LL.B.(Hons.) Student at Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur.


Introduction to UCAV

Unmanned combat aerial vehicle (“UCAV”), popularly known as a combat drone, is generally referred to as an unmanned aircraft characterised with military capabilities.[1] It is characterised by its ability to use modern information technologies to manoeuvre itself as well as identify targets, making it an intelligent vehicle which is prepared for performing dangerous and repetitive tasks in remote and lethal environments.[2] Since earlier times, UCAVs have proven to be of significant assistance to society in both military and civilian applications. These vehicles were initially engaged in only civilian fields such as networking, meteorology, disaster monitoring, agriculture, geology, and transportation. Nonetheless, with technological advancements and advance machine learning, they have gained wider military application in contemporary times for advanced fields such as intelligent monitoring and surveillance, artificial interference, military communications, air defence suppression, fighter or cruise missile defence, air-to-air combat and border patrolling.