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In the United States showed drones in the form of birds and insects

In the United States showed drones in the form of birds and insects

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a very promising type of weapon, which is currently being actively developed in different countries. Enough of significant success in creating them managed to achieve the United States. The army of this country for a long time and successfully uses various unmanned aerial vehicles for its own purposes, including in real combat conditions in Afghanistan or Iraq. Currently, engineers are working, among other things, on reducing the size of such devices, which can give the UAV additional features and advantages.

Not so long ago, the creators of military UAVs from the United States captured the imagination of the public and journalists by demonstrating a new microdron project. Omnipresent, imperceptible and deadly externally, these devices will resemble beetles and birds, and their functions will be in many ways similar. They will crawl, fly, sit on power lines, hover in the air, penetrate the premises.

The American military introduced the project of his “microbird” to the journalist John Horgan, representing The National Geographic. According to Horgan, the boom in creating unmanned aerial vehicles began after the terrorists launched an attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. Developments in this direction have advanced far enough; at the same time, it became clear to developers that the future UAVs should not stand out too much from the usual landscape outside our window. That is how the idea of ​​creating unmanned aerial vehicles made in the form of birds and beetles and not exceeding them in size appeared. John Horgan called this American military project "September 11 brainchild."

According to the assurances of the military, they already have prototypes of such devices, which are currently being tested. At the same time, the journalist was not allowed to watch the training flights. Instead, the military limited itself to demonstrating a specially created animated video in which the creators tried to show exactly how it would be possible to use the created drones-beetles and Drones-birds. In this video, which has already leaked to the network and is available to everyone, you can see how drones in the form of birds and beetles behave quite naturally in an urban environment.

It is worth noting that the time frame when we will be able to see such developments live is unknown. At the same time, work on the project “MAV” (Micro Air Vehicle - literally micro-flying vehicle) has been going on for a long time and their goal is indeed to miniaturize the models of unmanned aircraft. At the same time, this program has ready-made, already-used copies that are rather small, but they cannot yet be considered micro-devices.

We are talking about an unmanned reconnaissance helicopter - «MAV». This unit was developed as part of the Future Combat Systems program (combat systems of the future). The development of a miniature helicopter company was engaged in Honeywell. The device created by the company is a miniature UAV, which, being packed in a special transport container, can be carried by one infantryman and managed by him. During a series of tests a small drone performed more than 200 independent flights. One of the most difficult problems faced by its creators was the adaptation of a small engine, which is designed for light fuel, to heavy grades of gasoline, which are used by the main types of American military equipment.

It is assumed that these devices can enter into service with conventional infantry platoons and will be used by them for conducting reconnaissance, communications, navigation, target designation. The miniature drone has a gasoline motor and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing. In addition to the military sphere, these devices can also be used in peaceful life - for conducting road patrols, preventing forest fires, protecting forest areas, as well as for the needs of police units.

Currently, this unit is mass-produced by Honeywell. The MAV kit includes the 2 miniature drone as well as a ground control station. At the beginning of 2008, these turbofan drones were sent to Iraq, where they were used in combat conditions. UAV MAV is a small all-weather aircraft with a vertical take-off and landing. It can be used for reconnaissance and reconnaissance, the device is able to transmit the received information to the ground operator in real time.

This drone is very easy to assemble, prepare for flight and in control. The preparation time for take-off is no more than 10 minutes. In this case, the flight of the apparatus can be carried out both in automatic mode and in manual control mode. In automatic mode, the flight is carried out on a previously specified route, while the flight can be performed both during the day and at night.

The lead screw of the MAV drone has a channel design. The UAV is quite unpretentious in operation, it can solve its problems when exposed to dust, sand, rain and snow. At the same time, the entire drone kit is conveniently placed in one easily transportable container, the weight of which does not exceed 20 kilograms. The UAV is equipped with a special payload, which is mounted on a gimbal and provides a very good target capture and includes: an electro-optical camera that is able to transmit a color image and an infrared (IR) high-resolution camera.

The mass of the aircraft itself is 7,2 kg., The diameter is just 35, see. The UAV can fly horizontally at speeds up to 80 km / h, its climb rate is 4 m / s. The drone is able to fly at altitudes up to 150 meters, the maximum flight duration is 46 minutes. A miniature unmanned aerial vehicle MAV is able to take to the air at wind speeds up to 27 km / h.

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  1. Backbone
    Backbone 27 February 2013 07: 17
    Yes, UAVs are increasingly quietly entering our lives. This is the future ...
    1. Denis_SF
      Denis_SF 27 February 2013 08: 43
      to AI and to skynet it’s not at all long left)
  2. KORESH80
    KORESH80 27 February 2013 08: 54
    Here it is, the weapon of the future ...
    1. APASUS
      APASUS 27 February 2013 20: 23
      Quote: KORESH80
      Here it is, the weapon of the future ...

      Yes, this will fly and you will tap it ...............
  3. nalexx
    nalexx 27 February 2013 08: 57
    So the terminators do not stay long, and then doomsday bully
  4. huut
    huut 27 February 2013 09: 19
    Video leaked:

    1. fzr1000
      fzr1000 27 February 2013 09: 47
      Cartoon computer.
      1. Atrix
        Atrix 27 February 2013 11: 20

        Everything is real ))
    2. Atrix
      Atrix 27 February 2013 14: 11

      Here is a better video showing the history of development
      1. AK-47
        AK-47 27 February 2013 22: 07
        Quote: Atrix
        Here is a better video showing the history of development

  5. georg737577
    georg737577 27 February 2013 12: 44
    I’m thinking about the fact that soon I’ll have to constantly carry a self-loading shotgun with me and constantly look up ... It’s inconvenient of course, the shotgun is heavy ... But what can you do?
  6. Tuzik
    Tuzik 27 February 2013 13: 25
    Yes, toys are useless, taking into account their cost - in general, the apogee of cutting, snow, wind gusts or just a funny bird and taxpayers cried.
    1. Atrix
      Atrix 27 February 2013 13: 29
      Well, even 40 years ago they said that the Internet was useless, and also probably 20-25 years ago they said that drones were useless.
      For such people came up with stones and sticks. Very cheap, and most importantly, nothing is scary for this weapon. It’s not wind or snow, and even birds are not scary.
    2. evgenii67
      evgenii67 27 February 2013 15: 14
      Would be useless, there would not be so many interested in the development of UAVs
      APOCALIPTIC 27 February 2013 20: 15
      it’s better to cut on technology than to pump out the bowels of the country sitting on the stove and a nose pick fool
  7. crocodile25
    crocodile25 27 February 2013 14: 46
    For our army, we urgently need to purchase fly swatters !!! HA HA HA lol lol lol
    1. werewolf
      werewolf 27 February 2013 15: 10
      Why do we need a fly swatter? WE ARE THERE SO!
      APOCALIPTIC 27 February 2013 20: 08
      sorry for the stool removed, he would not have missed such an opportunity yes
  8. IRBIS
    IRBIS 27 February 2013 17: 28
    The need for such a technique is obvious. One such complex in a column - and the ambush will fail. No need to send people to "see" what is "around the corner" or "that hill". And the saved soldiers' lives will pay off any costs.
  9. Genur
    Genur 27 February 2013 19: 31
    "terrorists carried out an attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 ..." I wonder how many people still believe in THIS fairy tale about terrorists? In my opinion, it is advisable to give references to the lack of evidence of such a statement. And so it turns out that the editorial board supports this myth.
    1. Atrix
      Atrix 28 February 2013 00: 27
      Do FSBs blow up at home in Moscow too? After all, too many people said that it was the FSB. Is there evidence to the contrary?
  10. AK-47
    AK-47 27 February 2013 21: 56
    drones in the form of birds and insects

    .... and artiodactyls.
    What people just won’t think of.

    1. edge731
      edge731 2 March 2013 02: 35
      Thank you for the video. The motor skills have been worked out almost perfectly, with the engine running "loud" - but this problem can be solved ...
  11. troll face
    troll face 27 February 2013 22: 17
    And progress is running ...
  12. Eugene
    Eugene 28 February 2013 01: 00
    Remember how the Iranians landed an Amer UAV reconnaissance, recently. They just took control. So anyway .. there’s a threaded bolt. And if you properly organize electronic warfare on the battlefield, it’s not clear where the pluses are. I personally jammed the floor of the house when the neighbors interfered with sleeping watching TV. There was nothing left to do, how to turn off the drawers and go to rest. How are the cell phones jamming now?
  13. gregor6549
    gregor6549 3 March 2013 12: 52
    Guys, giggles giggles, and if such birds and insects begin to produce in huge numbers, then it will not be easy to find a "threaded bolt" for each of them. Moreover, among them there will undoubtedly be "flying machines" with electronic warfare kits and other gizmos, and it will be almost impossible to detect them with traditional means like radars due to their smallness. And the technologies "stealth" developed over the past time will be used in their design to the fullest. T, e, instead of giggles, it would be good to attend to the search for adequate means of countering such "biting" insects
  14. Honory
    Honory 28 February 2016 14: 13
    Army robotization can no longer be stopped.