A full ‘How to’ manual from the Joint Unmanned Aircraft System Center of Excellence (JUAS-COE) has been leaked on the internet this week and contains a multitude of information and best practice on how to operate and pilot a variety of unmanned aerial systems including the MQ-1B Predator, MQ-1 Warrior A, MQ-1C ER/MP, MQ-9 Reaper, MQ-5B Hunter and RQ-7B Shadow.
The Army Tactical Pocket Guide provides information used by battle staffs involved in planning, coordinating, synchronizing or executing actions that support the effective employment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on the battlefield. Although this pocket guide is primarily focused on non-organic uas, those assets controlled at division level or higher, both organic and non-organic uas are still new tools to most units. Understanding the capabilities and limitations of uas currently used by US forces will help staffs more effectively use these key assets to the fullest potential in support of ground unit operations.
The Tactical Pocket Guide also details key specifications, equipment, capabilities and specific payloads for each of the UAS; and covers key areas such as UAS Planning, employment, Airspace Command/Control, Planning Lists, Jargon and a JTA Strike Request form.