Revolutionary Soldier Borne Sensor
by U.S. Army Spc. Trevares Johnson
June 15, 2023
In a groundbreaking move towards Army
readiness and modernization, the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of
the 1st Armored Division trained a revolutionary unmanned aircraft
system known as the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) at Fort Bliss, Texas
from June 4-9, 2023.
This remarkable technology, primarily
designed for recon and surveillance purposes, is set to transform
military operations by ensuring the safety of our soldiers while
enhancing our tactical capabilities. Let's explore the perspectives
of those involved and the significant potential that the SBS holds
for the future.
June 9, 2023 - U.S. Army
Spc. Jason Roman assigned to the 40th Brigade Engineer
Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored
Division pilots the Soldier Borne Sensor, an unmanned aerial
system designed for recon on Fort Bliss. Soldiers from the
2nd Brigade Combat Team can skillfully deploy the Soldier
Borne Sensor, providing real-time intelligence on enemy
positions and minimizing risk during recon missions.(Image created by USA
Patriotism! from U.S U.S. Army photo by Spc. Trevares
The SBS is not just another drone but rather
an aerial sensor technology that offers unprecedented capabilities.
This cutting-edge system is equipped with advanced sensors, enabling
real-time intelligence gathering on enemy positions, terrain
conditions, and potential threats.
Its compact design and
lightweight structure allow for swift deployment by soldiers on the
ground, seamlessly integrating it into combat operations.
Speaking about the SBS, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher Reyes,
an air defense Warrant Officer, assigned to the brigade's
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, expressed some of the
capabilities of the SBS. "With its high-resolution imagery, movement
detection, and heat signature identification, this system provides
soldiers with unparalleled situational awareness."
real-time information empowers commanders to make well-informed
decisions and devise effective strategies while minimizing the risk
to their troops. By reducing the need for direct engagement during
dangerous reconnaissance missions, the SBS significantly enhances
mission success rates and minimizes casualties.
expressed their appreciation for the SBS as it provides enhanced
safety and reduces the risk associated with reconnaissance
operations. By utilizing this unmanned system, troops can gather
critical intelligence without directly exposing themselves to
"The Soldier Borne Sensor allows us to
maintain a safe distance from potential threats while still
obtaining vital information," explains Reyes.
the SBS eliminates the limitations faced by traditional
reconnaissance methods. It can access hard-to-reach areas, maneuver
through challenging terrain, and operate in adverse weather
"This technology grants us the ability to gather
real-time information from remote locations, enhancing our planning
and execution capabilities," remarks U.S. Army Sgt. Kobi Englund, a
Combat Engineer assigned to the brigade's 40th Brigade Engineer
June 9, 2023 - U.S. Army Sgt. Kobi Englund assigned to the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division investigates the Soldier Borne Sensor, an unmanned aerial system designed for recon on Fort Bliss.
Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team can skillfully
deploy the Soldier Borne Sensor, providing real-time
intelligence on enemy positions and minimizing risk during
recon missions. (Image created by USA
Patriotism! from U.S. Army photo by Spc. Trevares Johnson.)
The adoption of the SBS by the 2nd Armored
Brigade Combat Team marks a significant leap forward in military
operations. As the use of unmanned systems becomes increasingly
prevalent worldwide, the Soldier Borne Sensor stands out for its
adaptability and versatility. "This system's compact size and ease
of deployment make it an invaluable asset for various warfare
scenarios," emphasizes John Kiwahn, a Program Executive Office
Ground Combat System instructor on the SBS system.
the SBS paves the way for advancements in artificial intelligence
and autonomous capabilities. By incorporating cutting-edge
algorithms, the system can analyze vast amounts of data in
real-time, providing instant insights and predictive analysis to
support decision-making processes.
As technology continues
to evolve, the potential for the SBS to collaborate seamlessly with
other unmanned aerial systems and ground units becomes even more
The introduction of the SBS to the 2nd Armored
Brigade Combat Team marks a significant milestone in the
modernization of military operations. Through its enhanced
reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities, this unmanned system
redefines the way our troops gather intelligence and plan missions.
The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division is
an armored brigade combat team of the United States Army, stationed
at Fort Bliss, TX. The brigade consists of seven battalions: three
combined arms battalions, one cavalry (reconnaissance) squadron, one
artillery battalion, one engineer battalion and one brigade support
battalion that is highly versatile and ready to deploy.
The unit is currently training and
preparing to deploy this summer to work alongside NATO allies and
regional security partners to provide support to forces forward in
Europe. The SBS is just one of the many capabilities the 2nd Armored
Brigade Combat Team is employing ahead of their support of Operation
European Assure Deter and Reinforce.
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