Toward Defining Canadian Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) Concepts


  1. Arbour, B.
  2. MacLeod, M.R.
  3. Bourdon, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) mature from a capability developed during conflict into a standard element of nations’ inventories, it is becoming more critical to consider how useful a UAV fleet might be across a wide spectrum of missions prior to their acquisition. As the reliability of automation increases, unmanned systems are given greater freedom of movement and action in light of the growing trust from the users. As a consequence, unmanned aircraft need no longer act in clearly different roles and airspace, and may instead closely support manned aircraft to achieve greater mission success in a wide range of traditional and non-traditional roles. The authors developed and executed a hierarchical decomposition method to evaluate the utility of a broad range of UAVs to a broad range of missions, specifically those that could be executed in concert with Canada’s fighter and maritime patrol aircraft. Based on these results, initial advice is developed for both research and requirements staff on what types of UAVs will be most widely applicable to Canada’s needs. Rather than providing an absolute ranking, the method is designed primarily to greatly narrow the decision space, so that the remaining options can be evaluated in more detail by technical and military experts. The conclusion will examine the impact of the expected level of inter-aircraft interoperability (using e.g., NATO STANAG 4586) on the highly rated options, as well as the associated autonomy requirem
UAV;unmanned systems;manned-unmanned teaming;MUM-T;airborne capability development
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-P066 — External Literature
Date of publication
17 Sep 2016
Number of Pages
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