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New Technology: US forces in Afghanistan will soon test a small drone

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US forces in Afghanistan will soon test a small drone

New Technology: US forces in Afghanistan will soon test a small drone, 82 Airplanes know the best way to use a small FLIR helicopter, The US military will shortly equip some units in the field with small unmanned aerial vehicles, according to Stars & Stripes reports

The 1st Battalion of the 82nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division will start using the equipment next month in Afghanistan, where the military is working on how to best use it.

FLIR systems have been testing the Black Hornet personal surveillance system with a variety of units - the US Army began testing the aircraft again in 2016 and 2017, and chose the company in three major contracts with American, British, and French armies this year. 

At the end of April, the 83rd Airborne Combat Brigade began training with UAVs, playing a variety of scenarios where devices could be used. According to Army technology, UAVs were designed "to assist separated soldiers deployed on the battlefield", allowing them to basically detect nearby terrain and search for enemy soldiers who may not be able to see them in another way. 

The company also recently launched a larger version for use in cars, such as tanks.

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Small drones - more than six inches tall and weighing 33 grams, making it easier for soldiers to carry them while they are in the field. Each drone carries a pair of cameras and thermal cameras and can send live video and still images to its operators. 

They can also fly on their own, with a range of two kilometers, and can fly for a little less than half an hour. The army expects the equipment to eventually become a standard piece of equipment for its soldiers.

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The battalion will work in Afghanistan to learn how to "improve the system," according to a spokesman for the brigade. It seems that the soldiers who used the device were impressed by his abilities: the sergeant. 

"This kind of technology will be a lifesaver for us because it brings us out of harm while enhancing our ability to carry out any combat mission," said Ryan Subers.

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