unmanned aerial vehicle(redirected from UAVs and drones)
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unmanned aerial vehicle
A powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload. Ballistic or semiballistic vehicles, cruise missiles, and artillery projectiles are not considered unmanned aerial vehicles. Also called UAV.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.