Future Tech: Soldiers Test, Evaluate New Equipment in Germany

By Army Spc. Dustin Biven 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

In the fields here March 28, U.S. and British troops and Defense Department personnel watched as several new unmanned aerial tools were explained and demonstrated during a multinational joint equipment training brief.

Led by a group of civilians from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, the training brief served as a precursor to a scheduled Robotic Complex Breach Concept demonstration later this week. That demonstration will see the use of new air and ground equipment for the first time by soldiers.

The unmanned aerial capabilities on display included the Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System, Puma and Instant Eye, which allows soldiers to evaluate and detect hazards from a safe distance.

“The aviation assets are invaluable,” said Army Staff Sgt. Brian Logan, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist. “One of the aviation systems, the Instant Eye, can actually detect hazardous exposure such as chemical or biological threats. The best way to prevent a CBRN injury is avoidance, and that’s what these assets allow us to do — avoid unnecessary exposure.”

Puma System

Another aerial asset, the Puma system, is a small unmanned aircraft that gives soldiers the ability to reconnoiter an area and capture photos and other mission-enhancing abilities…

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