Switchblade UAV would perform human-kill missions
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Oct 19, 2011
A small unmanned aerial vehicle designed to sneak up on a human target and then dive bomb the individual will soon be part of the U.S. Army's arsenal, reports Agence France-Presse.
The Switchblade UAV, developed by AeroVironment, weighs less than two kilos, is compact enough to fit into a soldier's backpack and is launched from a tube. The UAV's wings spread out as it soars into the air to pursue its target.
The Army awarded a $4.9 million contract to AeroVironment in June to supply the new UAVs as soon as possible, but no details have been made available about how many of the miniature UAVs were ordered or when they would be fielded.