June 17, 2013
British Troops Use Tiny Surveillance Drones
Posted on Feb 8, 2013
British soldiers in Afghanistan have been issued several drones known as Black Hornet Nanos, palm-sized unmanned aerial vehicles “that can scout around corners and obstacles for hidden dangers” and transmit live video and still images to a handheld controller up to half a mile away.
The images are taken with three tiny cameras inside the vehicle’s nose. Measuring just 4 inches by 1 inch and weighing a mere 0.6 ounces, the drone adds little weight and bulk to soldiers’ already considerable gear. It is manufactured by Prox Dynamics AS of Norway.
Regarding its capabilities, commanding officer Major Adam Foden, 53, told Mirror Online: “Black Hornet is a game-changing piece of kit ... the pictures it delivers back to the monitor are really clear and Black Hornet is so small and quiet that the locals can’t see or hear it.” Another soldier remarked that “it can zoom right up to somebody’s face and hold that frame for as long as is required so we can identify them without them even knowing it’s there.”
See the nano in action here.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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