HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Military dignitaries from across the state will gather at Navy Outlying Field Choctaw in Santa Rosa County for a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate a new training mission for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Oct. 29.
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or SUAS, like the Small Battlefield Air Targeting Micro Vehicle, or BATMAV, give tactical battlefield situational awareness and target information to ground forces and Battlefield Airmen with two on-board cameras.
The one-pound BATMAV is also equipped with a global positioning system, an inertial navigation system and autopilot.
The highly portable system gives “eyes in the sky” information to Air Commandos on the ground to help locate adversaries on the battlefield.
The integration of syllabi between the services will improve standardization of training and safety and enhance mission effectiveness.
Additionally, a recent study indicated the training unit will operate at a significant cost savings over the current training arrangements.
SUAS operators from all branches of the military services will now receive a variety of courses in a number of systems in one central location at Choctaw.