Brigade fires up UAS to get the big picture

A task force of an Army aviation brigade for the first time deployed to a training scenario with its own unmanned aircraft system (UAS) troop organic to it, the Army said.

Task Force Saber, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), debuted at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., with F Troop and the RQ-7 Shadow, the service said, adding that the CAB with the UAS organic to it created a full-spectrum aviation brigade.

In this system, a UAS operator has radio communication with ground and air elements while everyone is looking at the same video feed. Operators must be very vivid and descriptive with their target descriptions when handing it off to the aviators, the Army added.

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