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Warrior Unmanned Aircraft System

What is it? The Warrior Unmanned Aircraft System (RQ-7B) provides dedicated unmanned aircraft system (UAS) support to assigned Division Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), Fires Brigade, Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BfSB), Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs), and other Army and Joint Force units based upon Division Commander's priorities. Warrior UAS gives combatant commanders a much improved real-time responsive capability to conduct long-dwell, wide area reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, communications relay, and attack missions. The Warrior addresses an ever-increasing demand for greater range, altitude, endurance and payload flexibility with mission change in flight.

The Warrior configuration, fielded in Company sets, consists of 12 multi-role Air Vehicles (six with SATCOM), five One Station Ground Control Stations (OSGCS), two Portable GCSs, five Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) Ground Data Terminals (GDT), two TCDL Portable GDTs, one Ground SATCOM system, four Automatic Takeoff and Landing Systems (ATLS), 12 Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR), 12 Synthetic Aperture Radar/Moving Target Indicator (SAR/MTI) payload, and associated Ground Support Equipment (GSE). The Warrior UAS is manned by a company of 48 soldiers, consisting of a company commander, first sergeant, UAS warrant officer, Air Vehicle Operators (AVO)/Mission Payload Operators (MPO) and maintenance/launch and recovery enlisted personnel.

What has the Army done? The Army followed the DOD Integrated Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Life Cycle Management Framework to date. The Warrior requirement was put through the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), was approved through the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC), and was later competitively selected via a Source Selection and Evaluation Board (SSEB) process. Currently, Warrior is in System Development and Demonstration (SDD) and exited through the Critical Design Review (CDR).

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? The Army will continue to develop Warrior for the future planned at 12 systems of 132 air vehicles. Projected activities include Limited User Test (LUT) - May 2008, Milestone C Acquisition Decision - July 2008, Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) - September/October 2009, and Initial Operational Capability (IOC) - March 2010.

Why is this important to the Army? This approach provides commanders at the Division-level an organic UAS with the ability to conduct reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, communications relay, and attack missions.

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.

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- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communications Guide.

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