AMISOM troops trained in the use of drones for combat effectiveness
AMISOM force commander Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya said drone technology was an important tactical asset in intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
âI am very impressed with your good discipline, your effort and your commitment to learn. I want to encourage you to carry this enthusiasm for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) in your future roles in the ISR cell of the FHQ, the sectors of AMISOM and even at home in your troop contributing countries (TCC). respective, âsaid the force commander.
Unmanned micro-planes equipped with infrared imaging will also be used in convoys, foot patrols, surveillance, search and rescue and battlefield assessments.
United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) Geospatial Information Officer Aka Alphonse Attron praised the soldiers for their dedication during the intense training, which brought together officers from all contingents of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
âDuring these two weeks you have been very dedicated, with a lot of effort and sometimes under very difficult conditions during the practical exercise. We hope the knowledge gained here will be used in your operations across all industries, âsaid Attron.
Chief Military Intelligence Officer (CMIO) Colonel Hans Nyange asked participants to apply what they learned to the best of their ability and use the knowledge gained to train others.
âAs you gain knowledge of how to manage and use this tool, remember that we are more interested in the end results and how it will contribute to our future operations and plans,â a Colonel Nyange declared to the soldiers.
UPDF officer serving under AMISOM, Warrant Officer O2, Bagyenda Brighteous, said drones are important for providing visual support to patrol teams and convoys along major supply routes (MSRs) and during operations.
âIn the mission, we used human intelligence to collect information, but this is limited and has its challenges. Sometimes it is difficult to move from FOBs to moving forward. When we apply the drone, it will be a game-changer, âsaid Brighteous.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the African Union Mission in Somalia.