by Beth Maundrill
The US Army is looking to provide dismounted soldiers with a UAS toolkit by adding a small quadcopter to the already proven Puma and Raven capability.
The new system configuration would involve four different variations combining the small UAVs with a Tactical Government Owned Architecture (TOGA). The four variations are not yet possible until the army acquires a new quadcopter.
Industry can expect sourcing for a new quadcopter in the near term, according to Glenn Rizzi, senior adviser to the Training and Doctrine Command Capabilities Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TCM UAS).
The small UAS toolkit would be for battalion or brigade use, according to Rizzi.
‘We are going to take Puma, Raven and the VTOL Quadcopter and essentially mash them all together.’
The quadcopter, known as the short-range micro, is something that the US Army does not have yet though it is a programme of record.
Speaking to an audience at AUVSI Xponential, Rizzi said: ‘It is open for bidding, all I need to do now is get some money and I can buy one of your small UAS. Small UAS and UGVs are just as important as the large aviator flown robotic systems.