Killer drones just keep getting smaller. The Army wants to know how prepared its defense-industry partners are to build what it calls a “Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System.” It’s for when the Army needs someone dead from up to six miles away in 30 minutes or less.
How small will the new mini-drone be? The Army’s less concerned about size than it is about the drone’s weight, according to a recent pre-solicitation for businesses potentially interested in building the thing. The whole system — drone, warhead and launch device — has to weigh under five pounds. An operator should be able to carry the future Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System, already given the acronym LMAMS in a backpack and be able to set it up to fly within two minutes.
The envisioned LMAMS, a “loitering precision guided munition” is designed for quick missions to take out specific targets, and the Army’s had its eye on something like it for years. Its small size means it can’t carry a lot of fuel. As first reported by (subscription only) InsideDefense, the Army needs it to stay aloft for a half hour at most. But during that half hour, the Army expects it to fly up to six miles to smash into a target, either directed by a human controller or pre-programmed through GPS. Whether it speeds to a target fairly distant from where an Army unit is set up or loiters over one until it gets a clear shot, it’s another step toward making drone strikes inconspicuous.
I know I know but still... this is going too far IMO.
Killing shouldn't be so easy and without personal risk.edit on 11-9-2012 by ColCurious because: (no reason given)
Believe me a fire fight puts you in plenty of personal risk
I agree whole heartedly, however if it's down to an American life vs. a some other countryman's life... I'll pull for the American one. I say this as an American though.
I would expect the same of any other person from a given country though. Say a British man's life over an American's life, I expect a Brit to choose the British life.
I wish it wasn't this way, but it's the world we live in.edit on 11-9-2012 by thesungod because: (no reason given)extra DIV
The IAI Harpy could do it if they reduced the size, doubled the range, and made it more human operated rather than simply preprogrammed to seek and destroy radar within a preset area.
It is basically a flying high explosive grenade with a charge about the size of an RPG rocket.