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Army Combines Helos, Drones for Success

Army Combines Helos, Drones for Success

The drone revolution, it appears, came along just in time for the U.S. Army. The service’s leaders have decided they can afford neither a new armed scout helicopter nor even the old ones they already own, but there’s always MUM-T — aka Manned Unmanned Teaming, in which manned aircraft work with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), aka drones.

When Lt. Col. Pat Davis led an Army aviation battalion in Afghanistan last year, for example, his Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopter crews were helped by drones in some 60 percent of direct fire missions, Davis told Breaking Defense after a Boeing Company media breakfast Wednesday.

“It’s a phenomenal capability,”  Davis said on the eve of an Association of the United States Army aviation conference. Davis was there to describe how pleased he and others in the Army are with the AH-64E, the latest version of the beefy, heavily armed attack helicopter known to some Taliban as “The Monster.”

For the complete story by Richard Whittle of Breaking Defense, click here.

Photo by U.S Army

Updated: January 29, 2015 — 11:33 AM

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