Thursday, November 4, 2010

RQ-11 Raven mini-UAV (Photo from Defense Industry Daily)

Unmanned Bomber Fits In Backpack -- Marine Times

Drone could give Marines instant air support.

The Air Force is working to develop a small unmanned bomber that can fit in a backpack and be deployed by infantry in seconds to annihilate enemy forces. It’s a tool that could prove useful for Marines and special operators on the frontlines of the war on terror where critical air support isn’t always moments away.

It may be only fantasy now, but just wait: A pint-sized unmanned bomber is on the way.

The mini remotely piloted aircraft makes its debut in November during evaluation flights at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., conducted by the Air Force Air Armament Center and U.S. Special Operations Command.

If all goes according to plan, troops on the ground — including Marines — will be able to reach for a teensy aircraft when a grenade launcher simply won’t do.

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My Comment: Your own mini-drone. Hmmm .... how can any soldier say no.

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