Here’s how new mini drones are revolutionizing US Army operations in Afghanistan

U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan were issued a new, potentially life-saving device last month that will give them a new vantage point on the ground from the air.

Paratroopers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, are now using the tiny, helicopter-like Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS), giving them near-real-time footage, Stars and Stripes reported Monday.

Soldiers in the brigade were issued the drones in the spring and deployed them last month.

“The Black Hornet provided overhead surveillance for the patrol as it gauged security in the region and spoke to local Afghans about their concerns,” a statement from the 82nd Airborne Division said, according to Stars and Stripes.

A promotional video for the FLIR Black Hornet PRS drone shows just how the technology has changed operations.

The statement added that paratroopers “routinely employ the system” to reduce combat risks. Soldiers are taking these handheld devices into combat zones and

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