The Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) (formerly the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO)), EOD and Explosive Operations (EOD/EXO) Subgroup under Dr. Ed Bundy, is proud to announce the launch of a new smart phone app and website for Bomb Technicians. The sUAS Guidebook is a comprehensive database of all Cat I and Cat II sUAS platforms within the public domain. Our contractor spent a year compiling detailed spec sheets from across multiple government agencies and within industry to create the most comprehensive known collection of sUAS data for emergency responders. The app’s user interface uses an intuitive filter to assist operators in rapidly identifying any sUAS encountered based on a taxonomy of common physical characteristics. Individual datasheets include information such as platform size and weight, operating range and control frequencies, stock appearance including photos, and much more! Operators will also have the ability to submit updates to existing sUAS entries if new characteristics, or new variants and configurations of an sUAS are encountered. Users will also be able to submit completely new entries for inclusion in the database for any first seen sUAS platforms.
The sUAS Guidebook is available for both Android and iOS users. Any active bomb technician wishing to use this new response tool is encouraged to search for “sUAS Guidebook” on Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, download and install the application. They will then be prompted to create a user account at https://suasguidebook.ara.com. Please register using an official organizational email address in order to facilitate validation of your authorization to access this information. DO NOT USE a personal email address to register. Once your account has been validated by a website administrator, you will be prompted to download the full database onto your phone to complete the installation. The full database takes up minimal storage space on modern phones and will be accessible even in communication denied environments. We hope that the community will take advantage of this powerful new tool to help counter sUAS threats.