FRIDAY FOTO (May 29, 2020)

May 28, 2020 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

Seaborne Drone Launch.

MRF refines amphibious reconnaissance tactics

(Marine Corps photo by Corporal Gary Jayne III)

U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) launch an RQ-20 Puma unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from a combat rubber raiding craft during training in the Persian Gulf with on May 24, 2020.

The Aerovironment Puma provides land-based/maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. It also allows small units the ability to detect improvised explosive devices. The Marine Corps introduced the Puma to its operating units in 2012.

We didn’t think you could hand launch a drone as large as the Puma from a small boat like this one, while it was moving. But apparently you can.

Puma Training

(Defense Department photo by U.S. Army Sergeant Hillary Rustine)

This 2012 photo of an Army sergeant launching a Puma during training at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, shows the body English usually needed to get the small UAS airborne. Must take some acute balance to do that in a fast moving rubber boat.

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