As part of Exercise Vigilant Isles 23 British Army drones have been flown for the first time in Japan where they directed mortar fire during live firing training.

Ex VI23 was delivered by the Japanese 1st Airborne Brigade with British Army units from 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles, 16 Air Assault Brigade and 3 SCOTS taking part. 16 Air Assault Brigade’s Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance Group used the exercise to test and refine the capabilities of its Uncrewed Aircraft System. The Puma UAS was used to identify mortar impact locations and sent corrections to enable accurate adjustments during the live firing tactical training phase of Ex VI23.

Puma was not the only British Army drone deployed in Japan. Troops from 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, flew the Parrot Anafi drone to identify targets during the live firing tactical training phase of Ex VI23.