U.S. Marine Corps
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Command and Control
Marine Corps Warfighting Publication (MCWP) 3-42.1, Unmanned
Aerial Vehicle Operations, addresses the fundamentals of planning
and execution of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations in support
of the Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF).
A UAV is a powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human
operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly
autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable,
and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload. Ballistic or semiballistic
vehicles, cruise missiles, and artillery projectiles are not
This publication provides guidance to commanders, their staffs, and
UAV squadron personnel. It addresses planning requirements, command
and support relationships, request procedures, and UAV capabilities.
MCWP 3-42.1 supersedes Fleet Marine Force Manual (FMFM)
3-22-1, UAV Company Operations, dated 4 November 1993.
A Marine Corps Special Operations Command small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) operator launches an RQ-11B Raven during a demonstration to senior combat leadership Dec. 12, 2013 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
Photo by Kelly Schindler, courtesy of U.S. Navy.
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