plural UAVs
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UAVs, as the Pentagon calls them, are operated not unlike the hobbyist's remote-controlled airplanes; soldiers on the ground man computer stations with controls that fly the aircraft.Daniel G. Dupont

Examples of UAV in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take-off, landing, and up to 30 minutes of the UAV's flight can be on electric power alone. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 13 Nov. 2023 Her Master’s thesis was ‘UAV anti-stealth technology for safe operation’. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Nov. 2023 Ukraine’s use of a quadcopter UAV—a class of drone known for its short range—indicates that the attacks almost certainly originated from agents in Russia positioned a relatively short distance from the airbase. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 24 Aug. 2023 Video circulating online showing one UAV slamming into a skyscraper housing government offices, which was then hit again just two days later. ABC News, 6 Aug. 2023 The flexibility of the UAV can be controlled during the additive manufacturing process by adjusting the infill rate ρTPU distribution. Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum, 2 June 2023 The Defense Department said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps crashed a UAV into a building near Hasakah in northeast Syria at approximately 1:38 p.m. local time, leaving one U.S. contractor dead. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 24 Mar. 2023 Abstract: This letter presents the first design of a soft and lightweight UAV, entirely 3D-printed in flexible filament. Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum, 2 June 2023 The Raider can use a broad mix of stand-off and direct-attack munitions, including some that have yet to be invented. Pivot to UAV With its turn away from the Raider, Australia is placing a bet on a future without pilots. Sascha Brodsky, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


unmanned aerial vehicle

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of UAV was in 1986

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“UAV.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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