The UAV is an acronym for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which is an aircraft with no pilot on board. UAVs can be remote controlled aircraft (e.g. flown by a pilot at a ground control station) or can fly autonomously based on pre-programmed flight plans or more complex dynamic automation systems.
The full form of UAVS is Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle System.
UAVs are currently used for a number of missions, including reconnaissance and attack roles.