US Army is developing a universal control interface for drones to let operators fly more than one type using the same controls.
The US Army’s 15W soldiers are trained for a singular platform which includes AAI RQ-17 Shadow or General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle, Space War news website reported Monday.
"Once qualified on that universal interface, they then can control the assets that are apportioned to the brigade combat team or the ground commander who is being supported in that environment," Training and Doctrine UAS command capability manager Col. Paul Cravey was quoted as saying by the website.
Cravey said that it will be one of the biggest changes to the program and could be added to an Army intelligence and Security Command formation inside a Tactical Operation Center or potentially in a Joint Light Tactical vehicle or in an Apache helicopter cockpit.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are used by the US Armed Forces for a variety of missions, which can include airstrikes on enemy forces or intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.
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