Army Wants Mini-Drone That Can Kill From 6 Miles Away
The unmanned U.S. killing machines, otherwise known as drones, are getting smaller and smaller. So small in fact that the U.S. military wants its defense suppliers to build a tiny drone that can kill a person within a six mile radius. How tiny is that? According to a recent solicitation by the military, it wants this miniature drone, otherwise known as a Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System (LMAMS), to weigh less than five pounds.
The envisioned LMAMS, a “loitering precision guided munition” is designed for quick missions to take out specific targets, and the Army’s had its eye on something like it for years. Its small size means it can’t carry a lot of fuel. As first reported by (subscription only) InsideDefense, the Army needs it to stay aloft for a half hour at most. But during that half hour, the Army expects it to fly up to six miles to smash into a target, either directed by a human controller or pre-programmed through GPS. Whether it speeds to a target fairly distant from where an Army unit is set up or loiters over one until it gets a clear shot, it’s another step toward making drone strikes inconspicuous.
The U.S. Army is selling the mini-drone as a way to decrease casualties. The smaller drones, as opposed to larger drones with bigger bombs, are capable of zeroing in on individuals, and will result in less collateral damage – by “collateral”, I mean dead innocent men, women, and children. The miniature drones would also help the U.S. spy without being noticed.
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