The U.S. Army deploys to some of the roughest and most hostile places on Earth, and the lives of soldiers to a large extent depend on the skill of aviators flying the land force’s Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks, Boeing AH-64 Apaches and CH-47 Chinooks. As such, the concept of pilotless helicopters never really caught on as it has with combat jets for the U.S. Air Force and Navy. But faced with manning challenges and modern Russian and Chinese surface-to-air missile threats, the idea of ...

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