US Soldiers to have 'Mini Drones' in their daysacs?

I think it may be of similar role.

The domiator communicates with something like a C-130 to recieve attack insturcutions and can remain airborne for 12 hours.

Wheras the Switchblade is controlled by a remote on the ground by the person who launched it and remains in the air for at maximum 40 minutes.
Long story short: Because of some recent exposure (my 8 year olds birthday pressie) to remote control helichopters and a UAV conversation with a knowledgable neighbour I started to look at what was out there. Scary.

For under a grand you have something that flies at speed accurately to within a couple of inches, can be pre-programmed, has built in GPS, proximity detection and ground hugging sonar. Don't believe me, watch the vid and note how it flies between branches at speed - my personal fave is when it flies in one car window and out of the other.

These are arguably cheap, but as soon as a defence contracts, civil servants and free lunches become involved the cost sky rockets.

Loads of info:

DIY Drones

Watch the vid

At the end of the day, these are just radio controlled planes with a camera, a GPS on board and transmitter (maybe some other bits and bobs). The technology has been round for decades and should be available easily for under a grand and it is surprising that it has taken this long to start getting these things out there in bulk.


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Click, the BBC News 24 techno geek program, covered a mini UK drone this weekend - I think it's an observation platform rather than having an offensive capability but IIRC the sum of £22,000 was mentioned.

Quick warning, before you get to watch the spy bot piece you have to sit through an item about pixelated IRR cladding for armour.
I think that there'll be a few 'own goals' during the teething period.
But, just like Norn Iron they go through a steep learning curve and pop out the other end with a bundle of know how.

This looks like something that has an NSN but its a civvy "toy".

Cost $70.

Add a 3 channel RC and a $170 HD Pro Cam and away you go.

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My conversation with my neighbour was interesting, he flies a 10 foot span B-29 bomber and is well respected in the RC community. He has advised US plod a couple of times on the possibilities of civvy owned RC aircraft. I will not say which City he advised in but according to him the criminal use of RC aircraft is a threat taken seriously. Just waiting for the licensing police to catch on and control sales of the stuff.

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