It’s no big surprise that there are a plethora of uses for sUAS in the military sector. From advanced aerial reconnaissance to EOD, small drones have enormous viability for military applications.
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We’re not going into EOD applications today, though.
But drones like Phantoms are a relatively bulky addition for soldiers that are already laden with equipment and supplies. AeroVironment has an answer for this: the Snipe Drone.
The Snipe Nano can be carried in a small, lightweight case keeping mobility maximized and physical strain minimized.
AeroVironment also equipped the Snipe with both optical and infrared capabilities, which is perfect for scouting a location prior to ingress. These are things that can be done with expensive (and large) equipment, but most first be authorized and deployed as well as usually costing quite a large sum of money.
AeroVironment is making these relatively inexpensive (a Predator comes in at $4.03 million, so basically any sUAS is relatively inexpensive to that drone), small enough, and easy enough to use that they will be deployable after a few hours of training. This eliminates the need for a UAV specialist on each unit and makes them easily deployable in the field.
They have a lot of info on this unit, so we’ll just let them talk about it now.
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