U.S. army is planning to equip its soldiers with miniature drones by 2018 11004161

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U.S. army is planning to equip its soldiers with miniature drones by 2018.
The U.S. Army is planning to equip its soldiers with miniature drones by 2018 in order to assist with ground operations. In March 2016, the U.S. army has released a Request for Information (RFI) to equip U.S. soldiers with miniature UAVs.
     
The U.S. Army is planning to equip its soldiers with miniature drones by 2018 in order to assist with ground operations. In March 2016, the U.S. army has released a a Request for Information (RFI) to equip U.S. soldiers with miniature UAVs. In July 2014, the United States Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) selected the PD-100 Black Hornet after looking at commercially available small-scale UAVs as part of the Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (CP-ISR) program.
     

Since its inception in 2002, Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier has provided U.S. Soldiers with capabilities to ensure they remain decisive and dominant through the full spectrum of military actions.

Ensuring that Soldiers have the most advanced equipment, from protective equipment such as helmets and body armor, to weapons, power solutions and sensors and lasers, means keeping ahead of scientific and engineering innovation. One such effort is bringing small-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology, also known to the Army as Soldier Borne Sensors (SBS), solutions to the individual Soldier on the battlefield.

According to the RFI, the full system weight (air element, ground element, and display) will be 1.36 kg, while the air vehicle alone will be 150 g. The air vehicle's operating radius will be 500 m (line-of-sight), with a mission endurance of 15 minutes.

The system will be complete and stand-alone containing all necessary hardware, software, radio equipment, batteries, and a tactical carrying pouch and is to be flown by a single operator. It will display incoming video and telemetry data in near real-time to the operator; and will support day and night imaging.

British army is currently equipped with the PD-100 Black Hornet which is a micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Prox Dynamics.

The PD-100 Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) provides the modern day warrior with a game-changing piece of equipment for instant use on the battlefield. The personal pocket-sized ISR capability allows immediate situational awareness for soldiers executing dismounted operations globally. The system provides real-time live motion video back to the operator and the opportunity to take snapshots during missions. Combat-proven in Afghanistan by NATO-forces and with a range exceeding 1.6 km, the PD-100 PRS represents an operational capability available to military units.

The Black Hornet is installed with a steerable electro-optic (EO) camera capable of producing still images as well as live videos that are displayed on a hand-held device. The camera can be zoomed for clearer picture using the base station controls.
 

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