Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team began using a new unmanned aerial system designed to provide near-real time video access for reconnaissance missions, DVIDS reported Thursday. Program Executive Office Soldier had troops hold, inventorize and train to use the new system at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from April 29 to May 3.
The system is part of the Army's Soldier Borne Sensors program that applies drones to perform dangerous reconnaissance work instead of risking soldier lives. The UAS consists of a daytime drone, a nighttime drone and a ground control system with a handheld controller and display for users. The two drones feature sensors that emit low visual and audio signatures.
“The squad will not have any dead space within its area of operations and this allows soldiers to detect threats earlier than ever, meaning it is more likely soldiers won’t be harmed during their missions," said Nathan Heslink, assistant program manager for SBS at PEO Soldier.