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    Default Route clearance goes high-tech - RQ-16A T-Hawk

    By 2nd Lt. Matthew Fumagalli

    BASRA PROVINCE, Iraq – Thanks to improving technology, the soldiers of 1st Platoon, Company E, 1st Battalion,
    68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, have made improvements in route clearance in Basra.

    The soldiers in 1st Platoon are taking advantage of relatively new technology,
    such as the RQ-16A Tarantula Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle.

    Attachment 9372
    Sgt. Brian Curd, of Woodstock, Ill., and Spc. Nicholas Boxley, of Norfolk, Va., both combat engineers, Company E,
    1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., prepare the RQ-16A Tarantula Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Although the T-Hawk requires a great deal of maintenance, the capabilities it provides are well worth the time spent.
    (Photo by 2nd Lt. Matthew Fumagalli)



    The T-Hawk has the ability to launch remotely from the back of a truck, with soldiers only having to dismount from their vehicle
    for a few minutes. The T-Hawk gives the platoon the ability to observe surrounding areas and parallel routes, and provides
    a bird’s-eye-view of the convoy while it’s on the move.

    “The T-Hawk is very easy to fly and is extremely stable in the air,” said Spc. Nicholas Boxley, combat engineer and T-Hawk pilot from Norfolk, Va.

    Unlike some other models of UAVs, the T-Hawk can take off and land vertically, which makes it useful in areas with obstructions like buildings
    or mountains where other UAVs cannot operate. The ability to land vertically also allows the operators to land the T-Hawk within 15 feet of their location,
    limiting their exposure while on patrol.

    When using the T-Hawk, the platoon is able to see a greater distance in any direction than before. This is a tremendous capability in the marshlands of Basra province.

    During the rainy months of winter, many areas will become impassible to military vehicles. The T-Hawk’s ability to fly in nearly any weather
    will help ensure these areas remain free from insurgent activity.

    Although the T-Hawk is relatively new, the engineers of Company E have learned how to put it to good use during their patrols.
    The T-Hawk allows them to sit far enough away that they can observe the area without being seen.

    The buzzing in the sky also serves as a reminder that Company E is always watching.



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    I just attented this class in Bagram, Afghanistan. We are using it for route clearance south of Kandahar. It works very well. It is not a stealth vehicle, and the taliban are scared of it. We mainly use it to scare away possible trigger men. Very good for that. Hopefully we can adapt it for the future to be even more effective.
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    very nice, ipalot111, you have a video camera at all to show this baby in action?

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    yes i do, ill take a video next time we use it, and i will definately upload it. Should be soon
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    This thread wouldn't be complete unless someone asked the question we all want to know!!!!

    Could it be armed with a few rounds of 5.56 and a couple of grenades?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipalot111 View Post
    I just attented this class in Bagram, Afghanistan. We are using it for route clearance south of Kandahar. It works very well. It is not a stealth vehicle, and the taliban are scared of it. We mainly use it to scare away possible trigger men. Very good for that. Hopefully we can adapt it for the future to be even more effective.
    they might not know that it is unarmed maybe? anyways, glad it is working out for you guys

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    Ohh heyy look,its R2D2... I bet any insurgent that seen star wars & comes across this thing shits himself lol.

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    currently working and living next to these fuckers...........now if thier battalion can get their collective heads from thier 4th point of contact it would make my life a lt easier.
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    Thanks ipalot!!!!

    here is the todays news:

    Story by Spc. Jonathon Thomas

    UAVs keep eyes on troops

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Technicians from Honeywell International invited coalition forces to a demonstration to help promote greater use of the RQ-16A T-Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle throughout the armed forces during a display of its capabilities at Kandahar Airfield Jan 14.

    The T-Hawk is currently used for explosive ordinance disposal operations and route clearance, but has the capability to do night and day reconnaissance to provide commanders with critical information.

    Todd Patterson, a field service engineer for Honeywell International, said he would like to see the use of the T-Hawk expanded to every branch of the armed forces. He hopes that a greater number of dismounted troops will have the ability to survey an area before putting themselves in harm’s way.

    The T-Hawk features two sensors: one forward and one downward facing camera. These cameras can be interchanged to provide both day and night surveillance.

    Prabha Gopinath, campaign director for Honeywell International, said one advantage of the T-Hawk over other UAVs is its ability to hover.

    “The T-Hawk can go from flying straight to hovering over a point of interest,” said Gopinath. “You can stop and get low to the ground and examine every detail from every possible angle. The sun doesn’t bother it, the dust doesn’t bother it, you can make a very concise determination.”

    Managing to weigh less than 20 pounds total, the T-Hawk’s engine can propel the UAV for almost an hour at more than 40 miles per hour.

    “The big advantage of the T-Hawk over other aerial reconnaissance is that it’s small enough and light enough that it can become organic to the unit,” said Gopinath.

    Gopinath said the light weight and visual components of the T-Hawk make it an ideal tool for ground commanders.

    “Terrain is a weapon, so this is a tool for commanders to evaluate that terrain before committing his troops to potential danger,” said Patterson.
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    and ooooookay.....here are new pictures from Afghainstan

    enjoy folks, and Ipalot, need some videos too!

    The RQ-16A T-Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle hovers over a group of coalition forces and civilians in a display highlighting some of its abilities at Kandahar Airfield Jan. 14, 2011. Technicians from Honeywell International invited coalition forces to a demonstration to help promote greater use of the device throughout the armed forces. (Photo by: Spc. Jonathan W. Thomas)
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