Defense

November 5, 2012

Joint Predator training takes to sky

Tags:
SFC Lori A. Kuczmanski
Dona Ana Range, N.M.

Sgt. Matthew Hyland, imagery analyst with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, watches live video feed from a Predator Unmanned Aeriel Vehicle flying high above the desert skies during Network Integration Evaluation 13.1, Oct. 24, 2012. The Air Force flew the aircraft while the Army watched the video making this the first joint-service training during NIE.

The Army and Air Force linked training by flying the Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., with the video feed displayed live at the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division’s Tactical Operations Center at Dona Ana Range, during the Network Integration Evaluation 13.1.

The Oct. 24 joint training mission was a first for a Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, which is an adaptive and evolutionary approach to designing, integrating and maturing the Army’s tactical network.

The Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or UAV, has multiple assets including thermal imagery, infrared video, full motion video and the ability to fly at high altitudes and not be heard.

A Mobile Directional Antenna System was connected to a Tactical Ground Station where it captured the information from the UAV and sent the live video feed directly to the network where it was dispersed to the battalion or company level.

“We’ve never had a NIE link from a Predator to a tactical ground station to battalions via WIN-T increment two,” said Maj. Brian Cunningham, intelligence officer in charge of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

The Warfighter Information Network Tactical, or WIN-T increment two, is a high-speed and high-capacity backbone communications network. It provides command centers and staff elements with the capabilities to link adjacent, subordinate and sustaining base, joint, allied and coalition forces while on the move.

Sgt. Matthew Hyland, an imagery analyst with Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd BCT, 1st AD, said the Predator allows “more eyes” on the ground giving insight not seen by troops on the ground.

“The Predator can provide us with situational awareness and provides direct support for the ground troops alerting them of impeding enemy attacks before the troops see them,” said Hyland.

According to Capt. John Patrick, weapons and tactics officer at HAFB, students were training to fly and mange the cameras on the aircraft and they received information from the Brigade Modernization Command of the NIE mission.

“Major Cunningham sent us grid coordinates for the aircraft to look at certain areas,” said Patrick.

During the flight, the students spotted two tanks and a technical vehicle near a village and alerted the ground crew. The information was used for a training mission and gave the battalion critical intelligence information for their mission.

The two services benefited from the training maneuver as students honed their flying skills while analysts on the ground viewed the live video feed, detecting threats on the ground.

“It worked out our training synched together and we [Air Force] could help out,” said Patrick.

SFC Nathan S. Bean, brigade intelligence noncommissioned officer in charge for 2nd BCT, 1st AD, said this was a very exciting opportunity for the two services to link up their training and it was a win-win operation for both forces.

“They are piggybacking off our exercise and we are piggybacking off their training, making it a joint intelligence operation,” said Bean.

Bean said flying the Predator during NIE and having the real-time video feed during the operational phase during NIE pushes the capabilities of the network, proving its results.

“This shows us we have the capability to push full motion video through the network,” said Bean.

NIE 13.1 is the fourth in a series of semi-annual, soldier-led exercises critical to building the network and allowing the Army to leverage industry, eliminate burdens on deployed forces and reduce acquisition costs while providing greater capability to soldiers faster.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Navy photograph

USS Roosevelt marks 200,000 trap

Navy photograph An F/A-18F Super Hornet flown by Capt. Daniel Grieco, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and Capt. Benjamin Hewlett, deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, complet...
 
 
Navy photograph by PO1 William Larned

USS California returns from maiden deployment

Navy photograph by PO1 William Larned The Virginia-class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) returns from its maiden deployment to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London. Under the command of Cmdr. Shawn Huey, Ca...
 
 
Army photograph

Army proves new watercraft capabilities

Army photograph Marine Corps assets are loaded onto the USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak (T-AK 3005), from an U.S. Army Landing Craft Utility, or LCU, USAV Port Hudson during port operations, at White Beach Naval Base, Jan. 22, 2015. Sold...
 

 
Army photograph by Kashia Simmons

Improved Army system, training to increase vigilance

Army photograph by Kashia Simmons Vigilant Pursuit provides dedicated tactical pursuit vehicle-mounted and dismounted assets that utilize cutting-edge technologies, enabling Signal Intelligence, or SIGINT, and Human Intelligenc...
 
 
Air National Guard photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards

ANG conducts air refueling training with NATO allies in Germany

Air National Guard photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft approaches a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker for air refueling during a training flight over Germany on Jan. 13, 2015. Nearly 30 airme...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SrA. Armando A. Schwier-Morales

Ramstein Airmen train with French air force

Air Force photograph by SrA. Armando A. Schwier-Morales Two U.S. Air Force pilots and a French air force navigator discuss the route to the drop zone during a simulated low-level drop Jan. 21, 2015, at Orleans – Bricy Air...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>