Camp Roberts shows off new facility for drone training


A new facility where soldiers can practice flying unmanned aircraft from the ground was unveiled Tuesday at Camp Roberts, California.

The $4.7 million project, completed in March, includes an operations center, maintenance hangar and a covered area to help shield operators from the harsh sun and weather.

“The facility has been long-awaited,” 1st Lt. Jan Bender said.

Its unveiling is part of a larger ribbon-cutting event that also showed off the camp’s simulated city-like urban training center, as well as a new dining room.

The unmanned aircraft fly at several thousand feet and are designed to transmit aerial footage to ground operators to help troops plan their next move in a variety of scenarios.

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