According to market study U.S. Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Market Forecast 2013-2018 training for pilots of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is a segment lagging behind acquisition of UAS, yet fast growing at two-digit growth rate. Newly released GAO study confirms analyst conclusions:
“The Department of Defense’s (DOD) UAS portfolio has grown over the years to rival traditional manned systems, and, as of July 2013, DOD had acquired over 10,000 UAS, according to a 2013 DOD report. ”
“In April 2014, we found that the Air Force had shortages of pilots of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).”
“Army Forces Command will continue to lack visibility over the amount of training that UAS pilots have completed in units and will not be able to ensure that all Army UAS units being considered for deployment have completed their required training.”
“the Army may be unable to ensure that the training these instructors provide will result in highly skilled future UAS pilots.”
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