A miniature “kamikaze” drone designed to quietly hover in the sky before dive-bombing and slamming into a human target will soon be part of the US Army’sarsenal, officials say.
Dubbed the “Switchblade,” the robotic aircraft represents the latest attempt by the United States to refine how it takes out suspected militants.
Weighing less than two kilos, the drone is small enough to fit into a soldier’s backpack and is launched from a tube, with wings quickly folding out as it soars into the air, according to manufacturer AeroVironment.
Powered by a small electric motor, the Switchblade transmits video in real time from overhead, allowing a soldier to identify an enemy, the company said in a press release last month.
“Upon confirming the target using the live video feed, the operator then sends a command to the air vehicle to arm it and lock its trajectory onto the target,” it said.
The drone then flies into the “target,” detonating a small explosive.
The California-based firm also said the drone can be called off at the last moment, even after a kill mission has been ordered. That feature provides troops with “a level of control not available in other weapon systems,” it said.
Bill Bard says…
Just one more way to kill us.
With no guts to boot, with the bravery of being out of range, another mentally defective spiritually and morally defective human given another way to demonstrate his intellectual incapacity, and inability to be humane.A stupid, ignorant violent, mindless, and idiotic propagandised brainwashed dumb downed cannon fodder, is being given a new way to follow out inhumane illegal orders to kill fellow humans.oh let,s all jump for joy at the stupidity of it all