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British Army drone operators gain expertise

26th January 2023 - 17:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Stalker drone, pictured above, is designed to combine the flexibility of a portable system with the endurance and payload performance of a larger, more costly vehicle. (Photo: British Army)

The British Army has contracted Inzpire to supply UAS training services to its operators in support of a mini drone contract led by Lockheed Martin UK.

The contract, a part of Project Tiquila, outlines the delivery of 15 rotary-wing Indago 4 devices and 99 fixed-wing Stalker VXE30 drones from Lockheed Martin to the British Army. These UAVs will provide imaging and surveillance capabilities.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, the contract is valued at £129 million with a timeline of ten years.

Inzpire will supply training needs analysis, training design and training delivery services to British Army UAS instructors to ensure the devices are integrated effectively.

The company’s experts will deliver theoretical and live training content, and design a tailored training package that is continuously evolving to support the lifecycle of new capabilities.

The fixed-wing Stalker drone weighs over 20kg and has a 4.88m wingspan. It provides over eight hours of imaging capability and is able to cover around 60mi.

The rotary-wing Indago 4 is foldable and weighs less than 2.5kg. It can be carried in a soldier’s backpack and deployed in just two minutes with a range of eight miles.

While this is the first time Inzpire will provide training services to the British Army, the company has previously provided training to RAF RPAS crews.

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