The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, has received the first batch of short-range reconnaissance (SRR) drones, marking a significant milestone in the Army’s ongoing modernization efforts.

This delivery, as reported last May 13, signifies a major step forward in equipping Soldiers with cutting-edge uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) technology to enhance operational effectiveness on the battlefield.

Enhancing Capabilities at the Platoon Level

The SRR program provides Soldiers at the platoon level with real-time reconnaissance, security, and target acquisition capabilities.

Featuring advanced sensors, the Skydio RQ-28A drone, the first quadcopter fielded by the US Army, offers crucial battlefield awareness.

This lightweight, rucksack-portable system can be launched by hand and has vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities, making it ideal for tactical use.

“The ability to quickly deliver UAS and add new capabilities onto these systems at the rate of technology is essential to ensure our units have the operational advantage on the battlefield,” said COL Danielle Medaglia, Project Manager for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems.

The fielding of Tranche 1 SRR systems is expected to be completed this year. Beyond immediate benefits, the program is designed for continuous improvement.