US troops in Afghanistan will soon test a tiny, pocket-sized drone in the field

The US Army will soon install a small personal unmanned aerial vehicle into its equipment Stars & Stripes . The 1st Battalion of the 508th Paratroopers Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division will begin using equipment to be used as an army in Afghanistan next month.

FLIR Systems has tested the Black Hornet personal reconnaissance system with a variety of devices. The US Army began testing unmanned aircraft in 2016 and 2017, and signed large contracts with the US, UK and other countries. At the end of April, the 3rd Combat Brigade of the 82nd Fighter began training with unmanned aircraft and presented various scenarios for using the device. According to Army Technology unmanned aerial vehicles "reconnaissance" fundamental terrain to help "separate soldiers deployed on battlefields" and find enemy troops that otherwise would not be seen. The company also recently released a larger version for vehicles such as tanks.

Unmanned aircraft are very small. It is 6 inches long and weighs 33 grams, making it easy for soldiers to carry in the field. Each unmanned aircraft can be equipped with a pair of cameras and thermal imagers and can send live video and still images to the operator. They can also fly on their own, have a range of two kilometers, and fly within 30 minutes. The Army expects the equipment will eventually become standard equipment for soldiers.

Brigade spokesman says that Afghanistan battalion will try to figure out "how to make the most of the system". Soldiers using this device seem to be impressed with their abilities. "This kind of technology is going to be a means of saving lives, because it improves our ability to perform the harming combat mission and makes us harmless."

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