A tiny remote-controlled aircraft modelled on an insect will become Britain’s latest weapon against terror.
The Dragonfly drone – which can fit in the palm of a hand - will spy on enemy positions and gather intelligence for the military and British agents.
It is inspired by the biology of a dragonfly, with four flapping wings and four legs to enable it to fly through the air seamlessly and perch on a windowsill to spy on terrorists.
Using specialised headgear, personnel could see simulated aircraft, enemy personnel and vehicles appearing on the real surrounding landscape, immersing and testing soldiers in complex joint forces situations. dailymail
This would help protect soldiers from entering lethal areas.
The army will also be equipped with sensors that will use gravity to survey underground structures in minutes rather than weeks.
The device is currently in design stage but once it is built it will be able to help soldiers compile a picture of underground tunnels such as those being used by jihadists in Syria and Iraq.
The army will also be equipped with sensors that will use gravity to survey underground structures in minutes rather than weeks. dailymail
Virtual reality helmets are also being designed which would enable pilots to train on the ground rather than in the skies using simulated air strikes.
The headgear would enable personnel to see aircraft, enemy personnel and vehicles appearing on the real surrounding landscape.
The Dragonfly micro-drone has cutting edge sensing technology enables it to gather intelligence in both the day and night.
Its sensors enable it to detect incoming objects and buildings enabling it to avoid obstacles at high speeds.
Their details have been released as the government today (FRI) launched a new defence innovative initiative.
The plan is aimed to gain an advantage for the UK’s defence and security forces.
An Innovation and Research Insights Unit will analyse emerging technologies and make sure the UK maintains its military advantage over other countries.
Companies and individuals will be asked to pitch to a Dragon’s Den style panel – backed by a fund of around £800milllion of 10 years.
The idea is to take more risks in backing ideas. The full launch of the initiative will be in September.
The MoD currently spends 20 per cent of its science and technology budget on so-called ‘disruptive capability projects’ aimed to shake-up the industry.
It pays for the development of the micro-drone, gravity sensor and laser technology.
THE LAND MINE-HUNTING DRONE
Mine Kafon Drone aims to safely and cost effectively rid the world of land mines
Mine Kafon Drone is an unmmaned airborne system that uses three process to remove land mines.
First, the system flies over the area with an aerial 3D mapping system to identify all the dangerous areas with GPS way points.
Once it has detected what could be a dangerous area, MKD hovers about 4cm over the ground to detect the explosives using its robotic metal detecting arm.
The detected mines are geotagged as they are found in the ground.
For the final phase, MKD places a small detonator over the mine with its robotic gripping, which is detonated by a timer after the drone has flown away to safety.