US Army developing palm-sized surveillance and reconnaissance drone
Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles are always the choice of army where sending in troops can be fatal. Over the years drones have become one of the most advanced surveillance tools in congenial environments like in Iraq where many unmanned mission were carried out. Taking the drone development to next level, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) has undertaken the Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program. To be precise, this is a program that aims at developing pocket-sized aerial surveillance drone that helps soldiers in challenging war situations.
The pocket-sized drone dubbed The Cargo Pocket ISR will be capable of providing soldier(s) with situational awareness and also assist them in outdoor as well as indoor missions that are very hard to execute at times due to the surprise element involved.
Along with this small little drone US army is also developing a miniature helicopter, the Prox Dynamics’ PD-100 Black Hornet which weighs just 16 grams and can fly for 20 minutes. It can relay real-time video via its digital data link from three embedded cameras and operates through GPS navigation. But most importantly it is undetectable to surveillance systems.
According to the US Army
While larger systems have been used to provide over-the-hill ISR capabilities on the battlefield for almost a decade, none of those delivers it directly to the squad level, where soldiers need the ability to see around the corner or into the next room during combat missions.