US: Researchers at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are developing a pocket-sized aerial surveillance device for soldiers and small units operating in challenging ground environments.
The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance programme, or CP-ISR, seeks to develop a mobile soldier sensor to increase the situational awareness of dismounted soldiers by providing real-time video surveillance of threat areas within their immediate operational environment. Even though larger systems have been used to provide over-the-hill ISR capabilities on the battlefield for almost a decade, these systems are said to be unable to deliver the capabilities directly to the squad level, to soldiers who need the ability to see around or into the next room during combat missions. The CP-ISR is useful when soldiers and small units need to assess the threat in a village, or in thick canopy terrain where traditional ISR assets cannot penetrate.
“The Cargo Pocket ISR is a true example of an applied systems approach for developing new Soldier capabilities,” said Dr Laurel Allender, acting NSRDEC technical director. “It provides an integrated capability for the Soldier and small unit for increased situational awareness and understanding with negligible impact on Soldier load and agility.”