Air Force seeks tiny UAV that can paint targets

New effort one of several for tagging, tracking and locating enemies

The Air Force wants assistance from industry in developing a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle that could drop “dust” on a confirmed or suspected enemy soldier or terrorist, thus allowing them to be tracked from a distance, reports Adam Rawnsley at Wired’s Danger Room blog.

The effort is one of several under way for developing technology that can do the difficult work of tagging, tracking and locating targets and suspects in areas where terrorists are able to hide among civilians.

The solicitation suggests that one way the dust might be applied is by dropping a cloud of electromagnetic signal-radiating taggants either on top of the targeted person or in his path so that he will walk into it

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