Army Seeks Mini-Drones By 2018

Posted April 5, 2016 at 6:00am

Army Times reports that “the Army is moving forward with a plan to put pocket-sized drones in the hands of its dismounted soldiers by 2018.”  

“The service on March 1 requested information papers from industry on what technology might be available for what it’s calling Soldier Borne Sensors. The Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, has a preliminary set of requirements and plans to go back-and-forth with industry on what already exists or could become quickly available.”  

“’We’ve had numerous studies as well as experimentation within our battle labs. We continue to see that soldiers are kind of lacking at the squad level for relevant information that’s immediately around them,’ said Phil Cheatum, deputy branch chief of electronics and special developments at MCoE.”