DoD to get camouflaged bird-sized drones for recon missions

Nov 28, 2013 by Bob Yirka weblog
Credit: Prioria/Wired

(Phys.org) —Last year, the US Army Rapid Equipping Force put out a request for proposal (RFP) for a small drone that would resemble a bird in flight. The government wanted a drone capable of fooling people in the area into believing the drone was a raptor of some sort—at least at a distance, circling on air currents. Now, a company called Prioria, which won the contract has posted a demo video of the drone, and by most measures, it appears to have delivered exactly what the military wanted—a surveillance drone that can evade detection.

To make the drone look more like a bird in flight, the engineers at Prioria gave it flexible wings, a rounded body and a tail that covers the rear propeller. In flight, the drone looks every bit the crow, or hawk, circling overhead. The drone, called the Maveric can soar to heights of 25,000 feet and fly at speeds up to 65 mph. It's also portable, able to be launched by hand or more speedily via a custom cannon. It's quiet too, at altitudes over 100 meters it cannot be heard at all. The camera is on the underbelly and can be rotated in all directions. Sadly, the drone's battery only lasts for about an hour, but swapping in a new one takes just 30 seconds, though that might give away the location of the operator if the drone is detected when it "lands" by flying into a ground based net.

The DoD hasn't revealed to what purpose the Maveric is to be put, but the RFP specified the army had a "urgent but undisclosed need." Most likely, the military wants to use the faux bird to spy on unsuspecting terrorists as they go about their business, giving the military a decided advantage. That the was built and is meeting delivery time in just six months is notable for such a contract—they usually take years.

The $4.5 million contract calls for the army to get 36 of the little (2.5 pounds) drones, deliverable sometime next month. The that will be operating them have reportedly already started training.

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Humpty
1.3 / 5 (14) Nov 28, 2013
I hope they shoot every one of these and every fucking american that makes them, or deploys them.
antialias_physorg
1 / 5 (1) Nov 28, 2013
Nah. They'll just buy a quadcopter toy to stick a C4 charge on this...then wait till it flies home.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.5 / 5 (10) Nov 28, 2013
@humpy
So maybe we just let al Qaida overrun your country and make you wear a burqa and kill all your jews. That's the price of freedom yes?

They said they would and they are. Defend yourselves.
Humpty
1 / 5 (8) Nov 28, 2013
@humpy
So maybe we just let al Qaida overrun your country and make you wear a burqa and kill all your jews. That's the price of freedom yes?

They said they would and they are. Defend yourselves.


The King of Babylon, Hammmurubi wrote up all the city state laws and stuck them on a oblisk in the middle of the city. A bunch of dead beat goat herders came along, metaphorically ripped the covers off it and stuck their own on, and changed a few words from "The King said" to "god said".

Plagarism constitutes the basis of the about 6 books of the old testament.

The jews invented themselves from thin air on this basis, and then they sold the conjob to a weasle called Mohammad the Profit - he rewrote the same crap with a new version of the dieties diatribe of his shit.

And then the christians rebuked all of it and followed non of it, as they too, made up rules to suit themselves as they went along.

And from the American branch of the Ministry of Propaganda?
Humpty
1 / 5 (12) Nov 28, 2013

And from the American branch of the Ministry of Propaganda?

All the people the Anglo/American nazi's have been double dealing, back stabbing and playing off against each other, so they can destabilise the regions and steal their oil, drugs and minerals from, are now revolting?

"OOoooooooo Our flags are the same as yours, but ours are on fire."

Google. Images.

burn american flag

http://www.photiu...map.html

http://www.danger...an-flag/

TheGhostofOtto1923
2 / 5 (8) Nov 28, 2013
What, are you saying that you agree with Amadinejad and al Qaida that Israel should be destroyed? I'm confused.

Those cultures which you refer to are endemically unstable because they restrict their women to doing nothing else but make and raise babies. The people are taught that the greatest gifts of all to Allah are babies. And so their numbers grow without limit and without restraint.

And when they start to suffer and their babies begin to starve, their religion tells them it is YOUR fault. This is how the religions that are left have managed to survive. The most virulent are the ones which prevailed.

The west is thus in the position of having to contain these cultures as they chew each other to pieces. If they do happen to break out they are coming after YOU. You will either convert or you will die.

At least they will give you a choice. This too is freedom yes?
ScottyB
1 / 5 (5) Nov 29, 2013
WOW!!! I am saddened by how much racism and ignorance you all display here. You realise that these won;t only be used by the US military, they will also be used by governmental security forces (NSA / FBI / Police ) to monitor their own people.

The development and deployment of stealth suvaliance systems worries me as it should us all
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.7 / 5 (6) Nov 29, 2013
WOW!!! I am saddened by how much racism and ignorance you all display here. You realise that these won;t only be used by the US military, they will also be used by governmental security forces (NSA / FBI / Police ) to monitor their own people.

The development and deployment of stealth suvaliance systems worries me as it should us all
Nothing racist in knowing thine enemies. Fundamentalism knows no race and spans many religions. All preach that they alone have the right and the duty to fill up the earth and purge it of all infidels, heathens, and goyim.

Think of drones as the cop behind the billboard or walking the beat, the Feds sitting in their car across the street, or the recon soldier behind enemy lines. Surveillance is as old as law enforcement. Automating it makes it safer, cheaper, more consistent, more dependable.