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British Army is testing tiny autonomous ‘bug drones’ that can fly in strong winds of 50mph and spy on enemies more than a mile away – Daily Mail

by | Jan 18, 2021 | Defense Industry, Drones

Read our article from Independent below with a link to the full article that can be found at the bottom of this post.

Autonomous flying ‘bug drones’ that can spy on enemies more than a mile away and operate in strong winds of up to 50mph are being tested by the British Army.

Developed by the British defence firms BAE Systems and UAVTEK, ‘The Bug’ is a fist-sized robot weighing just 6.7 ounces (191g) — roughly the same as a smart phone.

The drone has a 40 minute battery life and a ‘stealthy low visual profile’ that makes it hard for the enemy to spot. The army is said to have taken delivery of 30 units. 
In the recent Army Warfighting Experiment, the Bug proved to be the only small drone tested that was capable of withstanding difficult weather conditions.

The annual event — hosted by the Ministry of Defence’s Future Capability Group — is run to explore and give feedback on emerging technologies.

‘We delivered the Bug in partnership with UAVTEK [which] designs and builds unmanned aerial vehicles from its workshop in the Cotswolds,’ said BAE Systems’ Principal Technologist, James Gerard.

‘Our experience in developing large volumes of secure hardware means we were able to help the team turn the excellent design into a real product which our Armed Forces can use.’

‘Collaboration is happening right across BAE Systems and is a great way to quickly get the best thinking from small companies into the hands of military users.’………

Read the full article from Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9098871/Drones-British-Army-testing-autonomous-bugs-fly-strong-winds-spy-enemies.html

BAE SYSTEMS – http://www.baesystems.com/
UAVTEK – https://uavtek.co.uk/

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