Health Ranger’s intelligence analysis of military drones: payloads, countermeasures and more
Today across America, we’re witnessing an explosion in the planned deployment of spy drones, military drones and surveillance drones, both for law enforcement use and military use. The FAA has granted permission for tens of thousands of drones to be flown in the skies of America, and companies like Raytheon are working on tiny munitions (missiles) that can be carried by single-shot drones. What follows is my personal analysis of near-future drone capabilities and countermeasures, extrapolated from information found in public articles as well as my personal knowledge of military and law enforcement tactics and mission profiles.
Drones are now being weaponized in America. As reported in AINonline (http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/2012-07-08/raytheons-purpose-b…)
Raytheon’s new small tactical munition (STM), which the U.S. group claims is the first purpose-built weapon for tactical unmanned air systems (UAS), could be in active service within a few months. The STM is 22 inches long, 3.6 inches in diameter and weighs 13.5 pounds, and could be used on a UAS with a payload as low as 50 to 60 pounds.
This development, combined with the incredible expansion of the surveillance police state which already monitors all phone calls, emails, social networking activities and website searches, means that the “Rise of the Machines” will likely take place with small flying robots rather than the bipedal machines depicted in “Terminator.”
If you want to see how far these drones have come in just the last few years, check out this astonishing video entitled “Aerobot’s new design – The Ring – Dodecacopter”
And take a look at this video of the Stalker drone built by Lockheed Martin: