The Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) project has moved into an ‘options analysis’ phase and has been re-named as the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) project, according to the RCAF.
The name change was intended to keep the effort “consistent with recent changes in the lexicon and classification systems of our allies, and is a more accurate reflection of how the systems are operated”, the RCAF said in a 14 November report.
Canada’s latest national defence strategy, released in June 2017, considered RPAS integral to modern military operations, and aircraft such as the RCAF’s Israel Aerospace Industries Heron UAVs (locally CU-170) and other unmanned aircraft have been deployed on past Canadian military operations.
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