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Army Buys 9,000 Mini-Drones, Rethinks Ground Robots

This summer, Army soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan with air support literally in the palm of their hands: the 1.16-ounce Black Hornet mini-drone. New ground robots are entering service too, next year — not to fight but to haul supplies, at least at first — but field tests have convinced the Army to issue these

Soldiers Train With Army’s First Personal Unmanned Aerial System

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Imagine a battlefield where Soldiers have access to near-real time video transmitted back to them on a handheld device. Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) fielded the first personal Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in the U.S. Army to soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 82nd Airborne Division, April 29

New Tablet-Controlled Ruggedized Drones Will Soon Be Operated by Soldiers

AeroVironment has unveiled a new tablet-controlled mini-drone engineered with infrared sensor technology and an ability for soldiers on-the-move to detect nearby threats. The Snipe mini-drone can reach 22mph for a distance of almost a mile, and endure winds up to 20 mph, according to AeroVironment statements. It is a 140-gram autonomous quadcopter. The drone has