Specialists from the Sandia National Laboratory in the United States have come up with an unmanned aerial vehicle capable of flying, swimming, diving, moving over rough terrain, and even jumping.
According to one of the authors of the project, John Salton, the novelty “should at least significantly expand the capabilities of the special forces”, if not replace it at all when solving combat missions, ITAR-TASS reports.
The main advantage of the new technology Salton considers "maximum flexibility in the performance of the most difficult tasks." The wings of the vehicle are capable of being transformed into stabilizers or propeller blades in water, and on land, after dropping the protective covers, wheels appear that allow it to bounce almost ten meters in height.
According to Wired magazine, engineers have already tested key components of the miracle machine. Now you need to attract funds for the construction of a prototype, as well as to establish a partnership with one of the defense corporations for the deployment of production. The new name is called just “Multi-Modal Vehicle”.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post newspaper posted a detailed article on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to the publication, these developments are conducted in 87 countries. And although for the rocket attacks they have so far been used only by the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel, experts say that it is only a matter of time.
Therefore, according to the newspaper, the special services in the US are “anxiously” watching for the emergence of potential new threats. "The secret blows inflicted by Washington in remote corners of the globe created a precedent that could turn into a nightmare," the newspaper states.