This is a small military vehicle called the Black Hornet Nano, and it is a small helicopter lookalike that functions without anyone actually inside it. It is currently being used by the English military.
Being a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), it gives ground troops the advantage of knowing what other obstacles are located in their vicinity. It's actually so small that you can hold it in your hand, and it weighs just over .5 ounces. The camera inside can let the user see full video from their safe vantage point.
British forces are currently using them in Afghanistan to go into the enemy's area and take reconnaissance images and then return back to the soldier.
It was created specifically to be able to stay in an area and not be noticed in Afghanistan. This can give troops the advantage of knowing if there are any hidden problems that they will need to deal with, thus saving their lives. The videos and pictures are sent back to the operator on a little screen that they can hold in their hand.
How futuristic is that?
According to Boeing, the company has recently retrofitted fighter jets that have since been retired and transformed them into drones. Last week an F-16 that was stored for 15 years in an Arizona facility flew last week with the cockpit empty. The Lockheed Martin aircraft was controlled from the ground by two pilots of the US Air Force. The drone took off from a base located in Florida and flew over the Gulf of Mexico at 40,000 feet (12.2kilometers). The retrofitted jet reached Mach 1.47 or 1,800km/h (1,119mph).
Boeing said that this innovative approach could one day be used in pilot training particularly when they are provided a target for firing practice. This F-16 is not the first former fighter plane to be re-commissioned as a drone. An F-4 Phantom was used for target practice by the American Air Force in the past.
A suit like that worn in the movie "Iron Man" is likely to be created in about a year from now by the military with all the most advanced technology .
The military wants this high-tech suit be invincible to gunfire and fully equipped with all the latest video technology. For example the person inside it will be able to see the video collected from drone vehicles flying above. One of the amazing aspects of this is that the person in the suit won't have to use much energy as the suit will do all the work and be able to carry over one hundred pounds.
Probably it would also be able to repair itself slightly if the armor is pierced, and also there would be oxygen available, a way of cooling the suit, and a medical system so that all their health conditions would be continually monitored.
What do you think about it?
Now that's entertainment, Amazon.com I will be testing delivery drones. The company called Prime Air is attempting to deliver packages as fast as possible through the use of small, unmanned aircraft. The new delivery system's goal is to have packages in customer's hands well under 30 minutes. Amazon's CEO's thought process is that if Prime Air can be put into commercial use it, though it could take "some number of years" to develop the technology and get (FAA) Federal Aviation Administration to create rules and regulations needed for the concept.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, proudly shared these grand ideas on the CBS TV show, 60 Minutes on Sunday. He then played a video demonstration showing how the aircraft drones, referred to as, "Octocopters" pick up small sized packages. They sit in yellow buckets in Amazon's fulfillment centers and fly through the air to deliver it to online customers.
For the first time a fighter jet (the X-47B) was launched from the surface of an American aircraft carrier. The carrier was a drone which has no human pilot on board. According to defense analyst James Lewis, these unmanned crafts are powerful key in the upcoming fights and wars.
According to Vice Admiral Buss aka Navy's Air Boss, the drone is a significant and important impending assimilation of unmanned systems and nuclear powered aircraft carrier that can control and defeat their enemies.
The launching of the trial flight of the drone (X-47B) on Tuesday can finally make a way for the US to release the unmanned aircraft anywhere and anytime in the whole world.
The U.S. military will no longer require military bases in other countries to launch their planes since the unmanned fighter can be the answer to their air support need.
A US citizen made the huge blunder of actually becoming a part of al-Qaida. Officials in the US government say that he is part of attack plans targeting American citizens abroad, and therefore he must be taken out. President Obama is going back and forth on whether to simply take him out with drones or not and how to do it in a legal way.
Currently the government cannot kill him because he is still a citizen of the United States, but they are currently trying to do it in a legal way.
The American traitor is currently located in a country where the United States is not allowed to act militarily. It is Obama's policy that American terrorists that are located overseas can only be taken out by military maneuvers, and not by the intelligence agencies.
The citizen is believed to be responsible for the deaths of American citizens abroad and he supposedly keeps on planning attacks and engaging in activities that put American lives in danger.
The CIA has said that they think he should be killed, but the American terrorist is in a place where it will be difficult to reach him and kill him. If troops are sent in to take him then they will be risking their lives. It could also cause more problems then by simply taking him out with missiles.
Currently it is not publicly known in which country the terrorist is hiding away.
The General Atomics Avenger, formerly known as the Predator C is an unmanned combat air vehicle. This war machine is built for the US Military by the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. This drone first took to the air in April 4, 2009.
The Avenger is different from other drones like MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B) because it has stealth features and a turbofan engine. The stealth features of this vehicle are: 1) S-shaped exhaust for lower heat and decreased radar signature, 2) internal weapons storage.
This new Avenger drone is capable of carrying the Lynx aperture radar equipment and supporting MQ-9 weapons. It can also be fitted with the electro-optical targeting system (EOTS) similar to that of the F-35 Lightning II. This drone also has the ALERT (Advanced Low-observable Embedded Reconnaissance Targeting) system.
The General Atomics Avenger requires similar ground supportive systems as the MQ-9 & MQ-1 models. The infrastructure, communications networks, and ground control center are no different.