Description: An analysis of trends in the development of the Air Force indicates that economic considerations in the near future will be decisive in the choice of the concept of development of combat aviation. Taking into account the military-economic factors in the combat use of aircraft and UAV, the question of the cost of using aviation equipment always arises. In modern conditions, it becomes a significant limiting factor in the development and improvement of weapons systems. One of the key issues that determines the appearance and combat using of promising systems of combat UAVs is the implementation of a joint combat application of manned planes and combat aircraft in the structure of mixed tactical aviation forces. The article presents an economic evaluation of the joint use of tactical aircraft and of combat UAVs, which necessary to be taken into account when planning combat operations. General approaches to the estimation of the cost of combat use of manned aircraft and of combat UAVs are considered, economic indicators of combat employment are given, and an analysis is made of the cost of combat use of impact manned and unmanned aerial systems. In the presentation of the material, methods of informative, informal system analysis and generalization of the experience of using aircraft and of combat UAVs, military-economic analysis were used. When comparing economic indicators, an appropriate conclusion is drawn regarding the advisability of using one or another version of the compatible application of aircraft and of combat UAVs. Consideration of the option is carried out by comparing the obtained economic indicators of the combat use of manned and unmanned AK with the economic capabilities of the state, which determine the feasibility of the introduction of combat UAVs in the practice of combat operations.
Keywords: aviation complexes, application cost, aircraft cost, joint application, economic indicators