29 Sep '16, 2pm

Marine infantry squads may have their own UAVs in 2017

Marines downrange may be using small unmanned aircraft by the end of 2017, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said. "At the end of next year, my goal is every deployed Marine infantry squad has got their own quad copter," Neller said Wednesday at the Marine Corps League's annual Modern Day Marine expo in Quantico, Virginia. Neller made clear he was not advocating for any particular company to build the drones for the Marine Corps. He did not say how many Marines might get the drones or who in the squad would fly them. However, in August Neller said that the Marines are looking to add an assistant squad leader for exactly that purpose. “He would be the Marine that would fly the squad’s UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] and help the squad leader manage the information," Neller said at the Centerfor Strategic and International Studies think tank. "We’re going to find ou...

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