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Miss. National Guard first to use new Mobile Tower System

The 2/185th Aviation Regiment is using the new AN/MSQ-135 MOTS Mobile Tower System. The 2/185th Aviation Regiment is using the new AN/MSQ-135 MOTS Mobile Tower System.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

The Mississippi National Guard is training with a new mobile tower system that allows soldiers to quickly establish air traffic control operations in many different weather conditions, day or night.

The 2/185th Aviation Regiment, headquartered in Southaven, is the first National Guard unit to use the AN/MSQ-135 MOTS (Mobile Tower System).

Wednesday, members of the unit demonstrated the capabilities of the system at Camp Shelby's Assault Landing Strip.

"We are an Army air field operations battalion and we control anything that flies, unmanned aerial systems, Air Force, Army to include multi-national," said Lt. Col. Glen Flowers, commanding officer of the 2/185th Aviation Regiment. "A prototype of this system has been fielded in Afghanistan and they controlled every (type of) traffic that came in," he said.

"The MOTS replaces the 7-ALPHA, which was built in the 1970's," said Staff Sgt. Mark Holland, a member of the 2/185th. "This one is an easier system to use. It has a lot more parts, but everything's more efficient," he said.

A crew of only five soldiers can have the unit ready for sustained operations in less than two hours.   

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