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Ready to supersize your favorite RC helicopter and bullseye some perps with an aerial bean bag launcher? The Sheriff's office in Montgomery County, Texas is, and it's really freaking out the local news. KPRC Local 2 News feverishly asks if the Sheriff's new unmanned Shadowhawk helicopter is a safety asset, or a privacy violation -- we just think it's awesome. Built and sold by Vanguard Defense Industries, this wireless whirlybird comes equipped with .....
...this wireless whirlybird comes equipped with a remote video camera, an infrared heat-seeking device and an onboard GPS. It's also capable of carrying weapons, although the Sheriff said that there were no plans to weaponize the UAV. The 50-pound chopper is FAA approved to help track down criminals on the run or assist swat teams in a standoff -- a blessing that should keep this police drone from being grounded. Hit the source link below see KPRC's local coverage, "Big Brother" freakout and all.
He said the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) could be used in hunting criminals who are running from police or assessing a scene where SWAT team officers are facing an active shooter. Gage said it will also be deployed for criminal investigations such as drug shipments. "We're not going to use it to be invading somebody's privacy. It'll be used for situations we have with criminals," Gage said. It could have been used to help firefighters in the recent tri-county wildfires, he said, and it also could be handy in future scenarios like a recent search for a missing college student in The Woodlands.
Originally posted by Ameilia
I think we have helicopters for this can anyone explain why a drone would be better?edit on 11/1/11 by Ameilia because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
Originally posted by Americanist
reply to post by Maxmars
Vanguard Defense Industries
I'm interested in finding out their parent company...
"Richard T. Garcia is also an executive board member of InfraGard, a sinister alliance of law enforcement, military, and private security contractors dedicated to protecting the infrastructure of the very systems we aim to destroy. It is our pleasure to make a mockery of InfraGard for the third time, once again dumping their internal meeting notes, membership rosters, and other private business matters," the statement said, expanding on the reasoning given earlier.
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
reply to post by Ameilia
why drones rather than helicopters :
1 - unit cost < 100k for a drone > 1 million for a helicopter
2 - operating and maintainance costs
3 - crew costs
4 - ease of deployment [ a drone that size can be launced from the back of an SUV on any road that has 5m *20m unobstructed sky ]