New, Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Deployed in Afghanistan

An Air Force Research Laboratory funded small unmanned aerial vehicle was sent to Afghanistan earlier this year to assist with perimeter security near bases, it was announced Sept. 16

The Skate, and hand-launched 2.2-pound unmanned aerial vehicle made by Aurora Flight Sciences of Manassas, Va., is intended for use by special investigations personnel who must go into villages near U.S. bases, said Peter LeHew, director of UAS operations at the company.

OSI investigators look into criminal activity that affect bases. “They need something to go a little bit outside the wire to help their team as they are going out.”

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