Drones and Droids: Iran Drone Threats; Tiny Drone for U.S. Troops

July 4, 2019 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

Air Force, Navy join in RPV training

An RQ-4 Global Hawk soars through the sky record intelligence, surveillence and reconnaissance data. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Iran’s naval chief is threatening U.S. unmanned aircraft, saying Tehran is capable of shooting down other American surveillance drones — like the one downed last week by Revolutionary Guard forces.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency carried Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi’s warning on Monday, made during a meeting with a group of Iranian defense officials, the Associated Press reported via USA Today.

“This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace,” a U.S. Central Command spokesman said, CNN reported at the time of the June 20 attack.

Last week President Trump called off military strikes against Iran after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone, valued at over $100 million. June 20. Iran alleged that the drone violated its airspace, which the United States denied.

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82nd Airborne Gets Mini Drones.

Black Hornet US Army

An 82nd Airborne Division sergeant shows off the Soldier Borne Sensors system during its initial fielding at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on May 2, 2019. The system contains a base station, hand controller, display, and two air vehicles, all man-portable. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Ferraris)

An infantry battalion with the 82nd Airborne Division will be the first in the Army to employ pocket-sized drones at the squad level during their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Troops with the 82nd’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team were issued the Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System this past Spring, when they also received training in how to use the tiny drones, which resemble miniature helicopters, according to  Stars and Stripes.

The 1st Battalion of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, plans to employ the pocket-sized drones in July, while other elements of the brigade wait to see how best to leverage  the system.

4GWAR first wrote about the Black Hornet back on October 11, 2014.

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