U.S. Army testing portable close-air-support options
Lmams follows the successful deployment of a small number of AeroVironment Switchblade unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in Afghanistan since 2012. The operational concept is similar. The system weighs a few pounds and is man-portable. It can be launched beyond line-of-sight from behind cover and transmits video images to a hand-held controller. Switchblade has a flight time of 10 min. with an electric motor, and a communication range in excess of 6 mi. Once a target is identified, the ...
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