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Military Drones and the Systems Engineering Life Cycle

Lockheed D-21B at the National Museum of the United States Air Force

Introduction

Drones have been employed in military combat since as early as 1850 when simplistic air balloons loaded with explosives were used to attack Venice. Drones used for combat that we think of today were experimented with in the 1930s. One example of which later became the Curtiss N2C-2 Drone in 1937, (Vyas, 2020). Today, military forces around the world rely heavily on drones to complete military missions that were once accomplished by manned aircraft.

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