Called the Switchblade, this new lethal unmanned aerial vehicle is a highly portable “magic bullet” that can engage enemies Beyond Line-of-Sight (BLOS), which gives a remarkable tactical advantage to our troops in theater. The enemy's ability to hide beyond fortifications when ambushing our troops from fixed fighting positions should be substantially diminished by this new technology.
The drone's manufacturer, AeroVironment, expands on the mission set and specifications of this hyper-advanced warfare tool:
"The drone gives a powerful but expendable miniature flying Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) package on a target within minutes. This miniature, remotely-piloted or autonomous platform can either glide or propel itself via quiet electric propulsion, providing real-time GPS coordinates and video for information gathering, targeting, or feature/object recognition."
The small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize, and track even at very close range. The Switchblade can be deployed by an individual solider or be launched from a number of air and ground platforms.
Watch the video of the suicide drone in action below, courtesy of AeroVironment:
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(H/T Business Insider)