Soldiers To Begin UAV Training

U.S. Army Spc. Joseph Anderson, with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Combined Task Force Dragoon, pushes an RQ7B Shadow Technical Unmanned Aircraft System to a mechanical station for post-flight checks at Forward Operating Base Pasab, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2013. The aircraft was used for aerial reconnaissance and mission communications. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Joshua Edwards/Released)
U.S. Army Spc. Joseph Anderson, with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Combined Task Force Dragoon, pushes an RQ7B Shadow Technical Unmanned Aircraft System to a mechanical station for post-flight checks at Forward Operating Base Pasab, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2013. The aircraft was used for aerial reconnaissance and mission communications. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Paratroopers from the same brigade – the 425th Brigade special Troops Battalion on JBER – will also be testing out some drones while they’re in Anchorage.

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The drones, or unmanned aerial systems, are non-lethal aircraft.

They have a 14-foot wingspan and are about the size of a really small one-passenger plane.

They’re operated remotely from the ground by the paratroopers.

Officials say the drones could be flying over JBER as soon as Friday.

The aircraft will remain over the base at all times, mostly in restricted airspace.

It’s the first time drone training has been approved for JBER in Anchorage.

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