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A Department of Homeland Security-funded surveillance drone deployed against insurgents in Afghanistan that can also be used to tase suspects from above has been unveiled by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office and will be operational within a month.
What is a ShadowHawk Drone?
The ShadowHawk is a remotely piloted helicopter that is about 7 feet long and weighs 49 pounds. It is used primarily for reconnaissance. It has an object tacking system that can follow, for example, a vehicle on the road or a person running on foot. It has a video camera and an infrared sensor mounted in the nose. The infrared sensor can detect the body heat of a human being inside a building and at night or the signature of a weapon. It is remotely controlled with a video game style consol. The ShadowHawk could be weaponized, with a taser, a bean bag gun, or something more lethal, to subdue suspects from the air. It can fly at 70 miles an hour and can stay in the air for two and a half hours
The ShadowHawk will be used to aid in the pursuit of fleeing criminals and to help SWAT teams spot an active shooter. The drone can also be used in drug shipment investigations. Firefighters could use the remote controlled helicopter to monitor wildfires, such as afflicted much of Texas during the summer. The search for missing people could be aided as well. There are, however, no current plans to deploy any kind of a weapon on the ShadowHawk.
Wonder how easily one could be shot down? I'm sure someone will try it sooner or later.
The maritime service, set to join the new Department of Homeland Security, is planning to deploy flying drones, remote-controlled aircraft similar to those now used for wartime surveillance, to patrol the nation's coastal regions for security threats. Officials say the unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, will enable them to extend their reach into offshore waters by monitoring larger areas less expensively and more efficiently.