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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, June 17, 2021

These soldiers will have a drone in their pockets during their Afghanistan deployment | Army Times

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The three-year goal of putting a mini-drone in the hands of squad-level soldiers will finally see action in theater when “Fury” paratroopers with the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment take the “Black Hornet” miniature helicopter drone to Afghanistan this month.

The drone capability was first requested by the Army to industry in early 2016 when leaders at the Maneuver Center of Excellence sought a “pocket-sized drone” for low-level reconnaissance.

“We’ve had numerous studies as well as experimentation within our battle labs. We continue to see that soldiers are kind of lacking at the squad level for relevant information that’s immediately around them,” Phil Cheatum, deputy branch chief of electronics and special developments at MCoE told Army Times in 2016.

 

Source: These soldiers will have a drone in their pockets during their Afghanistan deployment | Army Times

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