Army Eyes Universal Interface for Small Drones; Courtney Cote, Paul Cravey Comment

droneThe U.S. Army has started to develop a universal control interface that will work to allow uniformed personnel to operate and control various types of unmanned aerial systems, the Army reported Thursday.

The service branch expects the Tactical Open Government Architecture interface to enable small UAS crews to run other types of drones and help reduce the number of 15W drone operators, according to Col. Courtney Cote, project manager for UAS.

J.D. Leipold writes Col. Paul Cravey, capability manager for UAS at the Training and Doctrine Command, said the military branch plans to deploy TOGA over the next two years for use in the operation of all small drones.

“We look for that universal control interface to be scalable, tailorable and modular so it might be in an Army Intelligence and Security Command formation, inside a Tactical Operations Center or permanent base, maybe in a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle or the cockpit of an Apache,” Cravey said at a forum hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

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