U.S. Army seeks bids to build backpack sized ‘kamikaze’ drones to fly in and kill insurgents from six miles away

  By Eddie Wrenn

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2201702/U-S-Army-seeks-bids-build-backpack-sized-kamikaze-drones-fly-battle-kill-insurgents-miles-away.html#ixzz26NRKGY7A

The U.S. military is seeking contractors to  build it miniature ‘suicide drones’ that can be flown into targets up to six  miles away.

The little planes, which could look like the  remote-controlled aircraft used in a more domestic setting, could be used for  kamikaze-style attacks on vehicles or buildings – even individuals if  necessary.

The Army wants the weapons, known as the  ‘Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System’ (LMAMS) into war by 2016, and describe  the weapon as a ‘portable, covert weapon with strike capability against  stationary or moving individuals, with a very low risk of collateral  damage‘.

The ‘plane’ will consist of a drone, warhead  and launching device with a maximum weight of less than five pounds. 

Like this, but smaller: The Army¿s existing Raven drone is on the small side - but the military is seeking a smaller version by 2016Like this, but smaller: The Army¿s existing Raven drone  is on the small side – but the military is seeking a smaller version by 2016

The aim is to fit the entire plane in a  backpack, and be able to fly it two minutes after a target is agreed on. At that  point, the plane must be able to fly for 15 to 30 minutes across up to six miles  of territory.

According to Wired, size is not the main  issue, as long as the craft is light enough for easy transport by  foot. 

Once deployed, the craft could be controlled  by a human, or by GPS.

The proposal document says that: ‘Once a  target is selected by the operator in the terminal phase of an  engagement no  further operator input shall be required’.

One last requirements shows the need to  reduce collateral damage: with the  army stating the drone must have an  ‘extremely low probability’ of  killing someone 10 meters from the bomb’s  impact.

Drones have so far been used in countries  including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen

Another take on the drone: The army is also exploring the ¿Switchblade¿ - a small remote drone fired from a tubeAnother take on the drone: The army is also exploring  the ¿Switchblade¿ – a small remote drone fired from a tube

Wired points out that the Army already has  researchers looking at three different ways of miniaturising drones.

The first is to build tiny explosives, which  can fit on already existing miniature spy drones.

The second is to take existing drones and  scale down the technology, as happens in other industries such as the computing  world.

Lastly, the army is looking at ‘mashing-up’  existing drone and missile technology, creating a hybrid which is effectively a  guided missile.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2201702/U-S-Army-seeks-bids-build-backpack-sized-kamikaze-drones-fly-battle-kill-insurgents-miles-away.html#ixzz26NR6sV7a

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