Soldiers begin training with new Unmanned Aerial System, but these drones aren't recording.
(KNDU) The first official launch of drones in eastern Oregon took place on Tuesday.
The new Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) took flight at the Pendleton Airport. The National Guard has soldiers who will train with the equipment in civilian airspace.
Training, but definitely not spying. Unlike active drones used in combat the army says these ones do not record any information.
"We're absolutely not in the business of gathering any intelligence on U.S. Citizens," said Chief Warrant Officer Mark Braeme.
The drones will be operated by mostly local soldiers who have trained with the equipment before in other locations, including active war zones.
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