There’s no doubt that the U.S. military’s drone program sometimes hits civilians and causes headline grabbing collateral damage.W.J. Hennigan at The Los Angeles Times reports the Pentagon’s preparing to deploy a line of miniature drones, the size of model aeroplanes to avoid such widespread destruction.
Packed with explosives the new Switchblade drone, made by AeroVironment, is just two feet long, fits in a backpack, and is launched from a tube by an operator that guides the plane through a handheld viewer.
The Switchblade’s precision detonation system allows the controller to detonate at any distance from the target and to even deactivate the explosive before impact.
Able to operate autonomously or by controller, the drone has an electric motor than can be switched off at final approach for a completely silent strike.
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