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AUVSI 2017: Marine Corps spotlights SUAS growth

12th May 2017 - 14:59 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Dallas

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The United States Marine Corps is predicting a continuing expansion of 'Group 1' small UAS systems across service elements.

Speaking at this week's AUVSI Xponential event in Dallas, Lt Col Noah Spataro, US Marine Corps requirements officer for UAS noted that the service's small programme of record platforms include the RQ-12A Wasp (143 authorized), RQ-11B Raven (178 authorized) and RQ-20A Puma (95 authorized). Additionally, the Marines plan to increase Wasp and Puma quantities under their Force 2025 structural plans.

'The fielding of small UAS for the Marine Corps, going back to about 2002, has really come out of urgent need …

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