CJTF-HOA conducts Raven RQ-11 demo for Djiboutian Forces

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, demonstrate the use of a ground control station in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. The demonstration was given in an effort to help the Djibouti Armed Forces determine if the RQ-11 Raven remotely piloted aircraft might benefit FAD operations that maintain stability and security in and around Djibouti. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) CJTF-HOA conducts Raven RQ-11 demo for Djiboutian Forces U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, demonstrate the use of a ground control station in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. The demonstration was given in an effort to help the Djibouti Armed Forces determine if the RQ-11 Raven remotely piloted aircraft might benefit FAD operations that maintain stability and security in and around Djibouti. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Martin, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, demonstrates the use of a ground control station in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. The demonstration provided an opportunity to familiarize Djibouti Armed Forces members with the unmanned aerial vehicle system, clear up confusion about the RQ-11 Raven and other remotely piloted aircraft, and show the safe operation of the Raven. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) CJTF-HOA conducts Raven RQ-11 demo for Djiboutian Forces U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Martin, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, demonstrates the use of a ground control station in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. The demonstration provided an opportunity to familiarize Djibouti Armed Forces members with the unmanned aerial vehicle system, clear up confusion about the RQ-11 Raven and other remotely piloted aircraft, and show the safe operation of the Raven. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Army Spc. Enrique Soto, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, demonstrates a hand launch of a RQ-11 Raven remotely piloted aircraft in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. The demonstration was an effort to familiarize Djibouti Armed Forces members with the unmanned aerial vehicle system, clear up confusion about the Raven and other RPAs, and show the safe operation of the Raven. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) CJTF-HOA conducts Raven RQ-11 demo for Djiboutian Forces U.S. Army Spc. Enrique Soto, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, demonstrates a hand launch of a RQ-11 Raven remotely piloted aircraft in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. The demonstration was an effort to familiarize Djibouti Armed Forces members with the unmanned aerial vehicle system, clear up confusion about the Raven and other RPAs, and show the safe operation of the Raven. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
Djibouti Armed Forces Lt. Idriss Abdallah Daoud prepares to hand launch a RQ-11 Raven remotely piloted aircraft during a demonstration in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. U.S. Army Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, gave the demonstration in an effort to help the Djibouti Armed Forces determine if the Raven might benefit FAD operations, helping to maintain stability and security in and around Djibouti. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) CJTF-HOA conducts Raven RQ-11 demo for Djiboutian Forces Djibouti Armed Forces Lt. Idriss Abdallah Daoud prepares to hand launch a RQ-11 Raven remotely piloted aircraft during a demonstration in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. U.S. Army Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, gave the demonstration in an effort to help the Djibouti Armed Forces determine if the Raven might benefit FAD operations, helping to maintain stability and security in and around Djibouti. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, disassembles a Raven RQ-11 system during a demonstration in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. This was part of an effort to familiarize Djibouti Armed Forces members with the unmanned aerial vehicle system, clear up confusion about the Raven RQ-11 and other RPAs, and show the safe operation of the Raven. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) CJTF-HOA conducts Raven RQ-11 demo for Djiboutian Forces A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, disassembles a Raven RQ-11 system during a demonstration in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. This was part of an effort to familiarize Djibouti Armed Forces members with the unmanned aerial vehicle system, clear up confusion about the Raven RQ-11 and other RPAs, and show the safe operation of the Raven. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, disassemble a Raven RQ-11 system during a demonstration in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. The demonstration was an effort to familiarize Djiboutian Armed Forces members with the unmanned aerial vehicle system, clear up confusion about the Raven RQ-11 and other RPAs, and show the safe operation of the Raven. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) CJTF-HOA conducts Raven RQ-11 demo for Djiboutian Forces U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment Task Force Warrior, an associated unit of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, disassemble a Raven RQ-11 system during a demonstration in an airfield in southern Djibouti, Aug. 21, 2017. The demonstration was an effort to familiarize Djiboutian Armed Forces members with the unmanned aerial vehicle system, clear up confusion about the Raven RQ-11 and other RPAs, and show the safe operation of the Raven. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti— The Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) are working steadily towards increasing their capability to operate remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) with U.S. assistance. On Aug. 21, Soldiers assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa’s (CJTF-HOA) Task Force Warrior, deployed to Camp, Lemmonier, Djibouti, from the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, conducted the first official demonstration of the Raven RQ-11 to FAD personnel.

According to the U.S. instructors, the demonstration served multiple purposes.  It was a chance to effectively familiarize FAD members with the unmanned aerial vehicle system, clear up confusion between the Raven RQ-11 and other RPA, and demonstrate that the Raven can be operated safely.

The demonstration was led by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Martin, assigned to Task Force Warrior. Martin, along with a team of Soldiers currently completing certification in Raven operations, explained the specifications of the system, conducted a flight demonstration, and allowed the FAD soldiers to view a simulation of the system’s surveillance capabilities.

“Our main objective was to give the FAD a familiarity with the Raven system,” said Martin. “This was only the first of a few meetings and because we had U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force Warrior going through initial certification course at the same time, it was a prime time to validate their knowledge by allowing them participate in the demonstration.”

The Raven RQ-11 is a small RPA that has played a significant role in watching combat zones and preparing for battlefield missions. It is designed for rapid deployment and high mobility. With a 4.5 feet wingspan and a weight just a little more than 4 pounds, the system offers aerial observation for about a 6-mile range.

Much like a free flight model airplane, the Raven RQ-11 is launched by hand and thrown in to the air. It can provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in day and night time conditions. 

“Due to the fact that the FAD don't have RPAs in their military and have yet to see small RPA operations, this demonstration will hopefully provide clarity,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Hyun Chun, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa liaison to the FAD. 

After the hands-on demo, the FAD officers have plans on reporting their findings to their chain of command to determine if the Raven RQ-11 will benefit FAD operations that will help maintain stability and security in Djibouti and beyond.

“A couple of other AMISOM [African Union Mission in Somalia] Troop Contributing Countries are using Raven for their deployed units,” said Chun. “The FAD will review if RAVENs will improve their operations, especially in Somalia.”

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