U.S. Air Force Developing Terrifying Swarms
of Tiny Unmanned Drones That Can Hover, Crawl and Even Kill Targets
The U.S. Air
Force is developing tiny unmanned drones that will fly in swarms,
hover like bees, crawl like spiders and even sneak up on unsuspecting
targets and execute them with lethal precision.
The Air Vehicles
Directorate, a research arm of the Air Force, has released a computer-animated
video outlining the the future capabilities of Micro Air Vehicles
(MAVs). The project promises to revolutionize war by down-sizing
become a vital element in the ever-changing war-fighting environment
and will help ensure success on the battlefield of the future,'
the narrator intones.
pervasive, lethal Micro Air Vehicles, enhancing the capabilities
of the future war fighter.'
Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) are the future of the unmanned drones
program, according to a new video from the Air Force. The Air
Force has already developed a drone capable of hovering like a
The video, released by the Air Vehicle Directorate, shows a pigeon-like
drone that can draw power from an electrical wire while its camera
watches a target
The drones will be equipped with legs so that they can crawl through
tight spaces like an insect
which is based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio,
was revealed in the March issue of the
National Geographic magazine.
Air Force officials
said they have already produced tiny remote-control prototypes
but they consume so much power that can only operate for a few minutes.
Researchers estimate that it will take several years of advances
in battery technology to make the designs feasible.
Air Force has a clear concept of what it hopes to accomplish with
video begins with a swarm of tiny drones be dropped on a city from
a passing plane.
will work in concert to patch together a wide, detailed view of
the battlefield singling out individual targets without losing
sight of the broader scene.
be communicated among the MAVs to enable real time, reliable decision-making
and to provide an advanced overall picture for other platforms or
operators,' the Air Force says.
The video demonstrates how MAVs could be used to sneak up behind
unsuspecting targets and kill them with a single, lethal shot
The drones could be equipped with incapacitating chemicals, combustible
payloads or even explosives 'for precision targeting capability'
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