Florida-based business Explotrain has announced the creation of a realistic drone and improvised explosive device-integrated simulation and training system.
The system can provide troops with accurate and realistic training, according to the company.
“A key challenge in developing, testing and validating the current crop of counter-unmanned aerial systems (cUAS) is a lack of true simulators,” said Michael Hopmeier, an expert on cUAS system strategy and technology. “Faked YouTube videos and staged tests are entertaining, but they are what lead to so many casualties from IEDs just a decade ago.”
The device, dubbed the ExploDrone, is capable of being reused and is advertised as a money-saver for the military. The drones that carry the simulators are repurposed military- and improvised-munitions interfaces that are positioned in or on target areas before training begins, providing for more effective and realistic psychological training.
The new device addresses the latest threat to U.S. troops from adversaries that use small UAVs to deliver and deploy explosives.