New Short-Range Reconnaissance Capability Begins Fielding to Soldiers

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October 18, 2022 | Originally published by U.S. Army on October 12, 2022

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — The Soldier Unmanned Aircraft Systems Product Office successfully fielded the newest Soldier unmanned system to the Small UAS Master Trainer Schoolhouse at Fort Benning, Georgia, in early September.

According to Maj. Joshua K. McMillion, short-range reconnaissance assistant product manager at the Program Executive Office Aviation, the Skydio RQ-28A is the Army’s first program of record quadcopter, and it provides a rapidly deployable security and reconnaissance capability to the platoon.

“The short-range reconnaissance small UAS is a new capability for the Army, and I am so proud of my team for delivering an innovative solution while persevering over impacts of the pandemic. From prototype to delivery in just under three years is a major achievement. The SRR RQ-28A capability will provide game-changing technology to Army platoons, enhancing both Soldier lethality and survivability” said Carson L. Wakefield, product lead for Soldier Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

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