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Want to See What the Future of Drone Warfare Looks Like?

Nimble, cheap, stealthy and man-portable.

The U.S. defense community is turning to a new source for its next generation of UAVs: Youtube.

According to National Journal, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic is asking for designs and feedback for a new generation of small UAVs via online video.

And the government agencies are not just relying on patriotism to drum up submissions. Whomever top designer gets a $100,000 prize and fabrication of up to 15 copies of the project. You can "like" and "dislike" different submissions on the contest website.

Below, watch a DARPA concept video for small UAVs, and then some of the most "liked" videos, which come from around the world and include live action and videogame-like animations:

DARPA concept video:

First test flight of an italian (UAV) model:

Skyeye Team Entry to DARPA UAVFORGE.net Challenge:

Mini Panther UAV Flight demo:

Dashka UAV Hexarotor:

And of course, the Hexa-copter:

(h/t National Journal)

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