Papua New Guinea Defence Force reconnaissance unit exhibits use of drones in their work

A significant moment and time to marvel at as the Papua New Guinea Defence Force long range reconnaissance unit demonstrated to their commander Gilbert Toropo how technology can help them advance their work.

At the parade ground at Murray Barracks they acted a group of soldiers were observing an illegal trade from long range with binoculars and the DJI Phantom 4 drone hovering above as they feed information to their combat team that successfully captured the men.

The drones were gifted by the Australian Defence Force through the defence cooperation program that has lasted 41 years and grows from strength to strength every year.

The ADF will be acquiring 28 of them.

The drones are currently being used in the operations in West Sepik areas of Bewani and Green River to name a few.

Commander Gilbert Toropo who did a few minutes flight using one of the drones said they would use them in the various sections, particularly at the border and for maritime surveillance.

“We have plans to build capability,” he said this fits with the modernisation program they have.

Head of Australian Defence Force Col. Billy Kidd said as soldiers they pride themselves as being brilliant at the basics, being professional masters but additional capabilities like use of drones take them to the next level.

The use of drones allows the defence force to get video and photograph and bring illegal activities to justice.


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