Fort Rucker Advanced Technology

Advanced Technology is now giving many military pilots an extra set of eyes.

It looks like a game you would play on your computer, having the availability to show what’s happening in your surroundings at all times, but this is no game.

Major General Virgil Packett explains, “It allows you to not only anticipate what’s in front of you, what's around you, what's behind you, but it allows you to integrate all of the other systems [that are] necessary."

Major Packet is referring to UAV’s, or unmanned aerial vehicles.

It may look like a model airplane that you used to play with when you were a kid, but to the military it could mean the possible difference between life and death.

Vice Chief of Staff General Richard Cody said, "We're making contact with the enemy before the enemy even knows it and we're doing it unmanned and manned systems."

The UAV’s act like a middle man and a second pair of eyes for the pilots.

The aircraft is able check out potential danger areas for the pilots. It then sends the information back to a system that's grounded. That information is then sent back to the pilot, informing them of any dangers.

General Cody says the device gives the military a great advantage. "We're using them for going where they need to be on the battlefield at a time and place of our choosing, rather than going out there with manned assets and banging into an ambush."

Officials say UAV is proof aviation continues to grow in technology each day, bringing with it new ways to keep our loved ones out of harms way.

General Packet added, "When you look at the kind of capabilities that we deliver today, whether it’s on the battlefield; there's nothing that moves more safely on the battlefield than what Army aviation can do."

In conjunction of the unveiling of the UAV, the Apachee Longbow was also introduced.


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