2nd SBCT capabilities soar, thanks to new Raven system

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Shawn Geddes, petroleum laboratory specialist, 225th BSB, 2nd SBCT,  25th ID, launches a Raven UAV during new equipment training at Area X, Oct. 31.

Sgt. Shawn Geddes, petroleum laboratory specialist, 225th BSB, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, launches a Raven UAV during new equipment training at Area X, Oct. 31.

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Sgt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, trained with a Mobile Training Team from Huntsville, Ala., here, Monday, to recertify on the new Raven Unmanned Arial Vehicle Gimbal Payload.

The new payload used in the Raven expands the capabilities of the system by introducing a consolidated camera package that includes 360-degree views with both day and night optics that can stream live video up to 10 kilometers away.

“The Raven is a highly agile unmanned aerial vehicle used for reconnaissance,” said Cpl. Michael Webster, a Raven expert with 2nd SBCT.

“It allows a Soldier to provide a bird’s-eye view of the battlefield at the company level,” Webster added.

“This is a non-MOS (Military Occupation Specialties)-specific system, the intent being that anyone can pick it up with minimal training and operate it in the field,” said Luis Garcia, a fielding and training lead with the mobile training team.

“The Raven package is also considerably cheaper to acquire and operate, requiring only a two-man team to function,” Garcia noted.

The new system will add extended capabilities as a company-level reconnaissance asset that will increase mission capability and safety for Soldiers on the ground.

“The Raven has a 10-kilometer range and can stay airborne for 60-90 minutes while providing real-time telemetry and video for the commander on the ground,” said Garcia.

“This new payload offers a 360-degree view in both day and night vision, with multiple zoom levels on a single unit,” said Webster. “The older model had to be brought down and have its payload swapped for that capability.”

These improvements only require minimal new training to be implemented within the unit, as the Soldiers already possess the skill set required to pilot the UAV.

“The training we’re giving to the Soldiers is upgrade training; all of these Soldiers are already certified on the Raven,” said Garcia. “Rather than a full 10-day class, we’re able to get them trained up in two days — one day of classroom work, and another day of practical work.”

The Raven provides invaluable tools to Soldiers and commanders on the battlefield, increasing safety and mission capabilities while remaining accessible and mobile.

“The Raven gives Soldiers the ability to look over the hill without ever exposing themselves to what could be on the other side,” said Garcia.

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