Belgium’s Army will begin the training of an estimated 60 drone operators following an agreement with a Belgian supplier to receive a number of ‘Commercial Off The Shelf’ (COTS) drones.
The multi-year agreement with Antwerp based Aerialsolutions allows for the purchase and maintenance of drones, as well as the training of the operators, according to a release from the company. The first batch of about 25 drones has already been delivered.
The COTS drones will be used to investigate how the unmanned aerial vehicles can be used in defence. They will also be used to explore the different applications in which drones can play a supporting role, says Aerialsolutions. Small drones are already being used for reconnaissance assignments in foreign armed forces, it adds.
In recent years Belgium has seen a rise in drone-based solutions from all corners of society.