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UK military use mini helicopters as unmanned aerial drones

UK military use tiny helicopters as UAVs

By Anthony Garreffa from Feb 5, 2013 @ 6:36 CST

The UK military are using tiny helicopters, and by tiny, I'm talking just 4-inch by 1-inch in size. They're using them to grab information on conflict activity in Afghanistan.

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The tiny helicopters sport even tinier cameras which take pictures and record video, blasting them back down to handlers on the ground. The helicopters are perfect for hovering around a corner or over a wall to spot targets that would otherwise not be seen. Britain is the first country to deploy these drones into conflict situations.

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While they may be tiny, they have a very big name - "The Black Hornet", yeah. Seargent Christopher Petherbridge of the UK's Brigade Reconnaissance Force said that The Black Hornet definitely "adds value, especially considering the light weight nature of it". He elaborated with Sky News:

We used it to look for insurgent fire points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing. It is very easy to operate and offers amazing capability to the guys on the ground.

NEWS SOURCES:News.com.au


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