Army, Defense Innovation Unit move forward with surveillance drone project

FedScoop: The U.S. Army’s Program Executive Officer for Aviation announced Monday that it has partnered with the Silicon Valley-based Defense Innovation Unit and the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence to develop new “on-demand” reconnaissance drones.

The Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) program, as the partnership is known, will work with commercial companies to prototype small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones) that are cheap and portable in a backpack and can provide soldiers with “a rapidly deployable scouting capability to gain situational awareness beyond the next terrain feature.”

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