What you’re seeing is the gas micro air vehicle, or GMAV. It’s a camera equipped unmanned air vehicle unique in its ability to hover and move in all directions like a helicopter. Sargent Blake Meyers with company B, first battalion, 112 Infantry Regiment, 6 Striker Brigade is a raving new AV pilot who also flies a GMAV and offers a comparison between the 2 systems.
GMAVs used by the Striker soldiers in Irak are all prototypes. Kevin Bogart, a field service engineer with the Honeywell Corporation, the company that develop the GMAV, says they’ve learned a lot from having soldiers use the systems in Irak.
Sargent Myers describes what it’s like to pilot what media has termed “a flying beer keg”: It’s pretty much the best thing next to flying a helicopter.
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