Unmanned Systems Study for the Canadian Army


  1. Beckman, B.
  2. Collier, J.
  3. Giesbrecht, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield Research Centre, Ralston AB (CAN)
The use of unmanned systems by militaries worldwide has increased dramatically in the past few decades, mostly in the roles of reconnaissance and explosive defeat and disposal. Currently, unmanned systems are employed in limited numbers in niche roles by the Canadian Army. However, it is expected that the application of unmanned systems technologies will continue to grow to provide benefits to other operational functions in the future. As these systems expand their capability and achieve wider acceptance within the CAF they have the potential to greatly improve the effectiveness of various operations. This Scientific Letter summarizes the results of comprehensive study conducted by DRDC on the potential applications of adopting autonomous and unmanned systems in the Canadian Army. The goal of this report is to inform the Army of the current state-of-the-art in unmanned systems, to evaluate the technical feasibility of their application in the future, and to provide an expectation of the level of effort required to realize their impact. This study provides a significant first step towards producing a roadmap for how, when, and why unmanned systems will be employed in the future Canadian Army.
UGV;UAV;unmanned;autonomy;adaptive dispersed operations
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-L376 — Scientific Letter
Date of publication
27 Oct 2015
Number of Pages
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