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Tiny military drone armed with missile

Posted on Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 | Comment icon 15 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: US Navy

By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

The US military has added a small missile to the smallest ever spy plane, the 17ft wide Arcturus.

In the ever expanding world of drone warfare, the US military has developed a drone that can carry a 10 pound laser guided missle. If it is approved, this new fleet of drones will negate the typical wait times that come with having to call in to headquarters for unmanned armed support.

"Never let it be said that small isnít powerful. A Northern California company has just built commandos perhaps the smallest drone that can kill you."

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Comment icon #6 Posted by ROGER on 25 May, 2011, 17:35
For those times when collateral damage or killing is not desirable a laser guided 10 # explosive sounds very desirable.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Paracelse on 25 May, 2011, 18:02
Didn't know terrorists were hiding in anthills.
Comment icon #8 Posted by rashore on 25 May, 2011, 19:17
I don't know a lot about big military weapons.. But wouldn't a 10 lb bomb be enough to blow up a tank? Or one of those ground arrays that shoot planes?
Comment icon #9 Posted by UFO_Monster on 25 May, 2011, 23:25
Does the missile make a teeny-tiny explosion upon impact?
Comment icon #10 Posted by aquatus1 on 26 May, 2011, 1:23
People are so used to massive missiles and Hollywood explosions, they tend to forget that normal people usually get killed or seriously injured just by being within 50 feet of a tiny hand grenade. 10 lbs of high explosives (about ten grenades worth), is still a fairly significant long range asset. Couldn't find a 10lb explosion video, but the above is close to it, and still massively less than the average missile. Shot at a distance and one can still see and feel the force from it.
Comment icon #11 Posted by brainiac on 26 May, 2011, 3:51
What if they equip the drone with guns with needle size caliber bullets that would be a hundred thousand rounds.
Comment icon #12 Posted by aquatus1 on 26 May, 2011, 4:07
A flechette gun? I'm pretty sure those are illegal. And short range.
Comment icon #13 Posted by the rebirth on 26 May, 2011, 10:49
The United States military would like you to replace "Teeny-Tiny Drone Fires Teeny-Tiny Missile" with "A Good-Sized Drone Fires and Adequately-Large Missile". Thank you for your consideration. Also, they would like to point out that "it's not size that counts, its how you use it." It may be small but it's precision guided.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Taut on 26 May, 2011, 15:37
Well, I for one am shocked. Probably looks like a big penis. Love to see the first tests!
Comment icon #15 Posted by ROGER on 27 May, 2011, 6:52
Well, I for one am shocked. Probably looks like a big penis. Love to see the first tests! And in the wrong hands you know how Dangerous they can be?

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