The U.K. and Israel are expected to begin using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for combat operations, according to a military report released Tuesday.
The report was obtained by Fox News, which cited two senior military officials who said the British and Israeli forces will be using UAVs in 2018.
The report was made public during a briefing on the UAV program for the House Armed Services Committee, which is led by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The panel is investigating the UAB program and other unmanned aircraft programs, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Aerial sensor operatorAerial camera operatorAircraft operators will be able to use drones to perform surveillance missions, gather intelligence, gather firefighting information and track vehicles and equipment, according the report.
The UAV operator will be the primary target for aerial attacks.
The drone operator will operate on the ground, within range of the aircraft, and operate the aircraft to perform targeted attacks against targets.
A drone operator could be the pilot of an aircraft and could operate as a surveillance target.
Aerials in the airThe report says the drone operator can fly up to 15,000 feet and will be armed with a remote-control weapon, which would allow it to operate in a wide range of weather conditions, including rain, snow and fog.
The drone operator would also be able “to take control of the UAD in a matter of seconds, and in a hostile environment,” the report says.
Drones are currently being used by the U2 spy plane and by the Air Force to spy on the Russian military.
However, a UAV pilot in the Russian Air Force was killed by a Russian MiG fighter last year.