During the exercise, the Marines were timed as they packed into two Humvees to reach a launch point. The drone was in the air within 70 minutes.
First Lt. Trevor Ellingson, an unmanned aircraft system officer, described the exercise in a Marine Corps news release about the flight.＇We made our detachment as small as possible to get the mission accomplished,＇ Ellingson said. ＇Out here, we're training to be fast, agile–to be able to set up, get a bird in the sky as fast as we can, and tear down quickly.＇
By setting up a remote ＇spoke site,＇ Marines can launch and operate the Blackjack from the back of a Humvee. The site also extends the aircraft's range by another 150 nautical miles from its hub.
A group of troops, aircraft, or ships sent away on a separate mission.
High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, a family of light, four-wheel drive, military trucks and utility vehicles.
More than 50 countries and military organizations operate Humvees.