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James Faulkenberry: Army Builds Handheld Video System to Collect Images from Unmanned Platforms

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mobileArmy researchers have developed a smartphone-like technology that the branch designed to help platoon and squad leaders access imagery and videos from an unmanned system during combat operations.

Soldiers tested the Small Unit Leader Situational Awareness Tool at a May 13 demonstration event May 13 at Fort Benning in Georgia, the Army said May 21.

James Faulkenberry, a project officer at the Army’s Maneuver Battle Lab, said SULSAT uses a robotic controller to deliver tactical image files from unmanned platforms to warfighters on the battlefield.

“It can help clear routes and help determine which way to go,” said Staff Sgt. Vincent Kelly.

“I can see it being especially useful if you’re trying to get a foothold in a building in village that you haven’t been to before,” Spc. Timothy McCoy added.

The Maneuver Battle Lab will continue to study potential tactical uses of SULSAT and plans to integrate the technology into the branch’s NettWarrior system.

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