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.