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02-04-2013 04:45 AM  5 years agoPost 1
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A tiny 4ins remote-control helicopter is being used for surveillance on the front line to detect enemy threats to British troops.

British troops are using a nano drone just 10cm long and weighing 16 grams on the front line in Afghanistan to provide vital information on the ground.

They are the first to use the state-of-the-art handheld tiny surveillance helicopters, which relay reliable full motion video and still images back to the devices' handlers in the battlefield.

The Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicle is the size of a child's toy, measuring just 10cm (4 ins) by 2.5cm (1 inch), and is equipped with a tiny camera.

British troops are using a nano drone just 10cm long and weighing 16 grams on the front line in Afghanistan to provide vital information on the ground.

They are the first to use the state-of-the-art handheld tiny surveillance helicopters, which relay reliable full motion video and still images back to the devices' handlers in the battlefield.

The Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicle is the size of a child's toy, measuring just 10cm (4 ins) by 2.5cm (1 inch), and is equipped with a tiny camera.
Helicopters The 16g helicopters are used to assess enemy threat

Soldiers use the mini drone to peer around corners or over walls to identify any hidden threats and the images are relayed to a small screen on a handheld terminal.

Sergeant Christopher Petherbridge, of the Brigade Reconnaissance Force in Afghanistan, said: "Black Hornet is definitely adding value, especially considering the light weight nature of it.

"We used it to look for insurgent firing points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing, which is a real asset. It is very easy to operate and offers amazing capability to the guys on the ground."

The nano helicopter has been developed by Prox Dynamics AS of Norway as part of a £20m contract for 160 units with Marlborough Communications Ltd (MCL), Surrey.

Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, said: "Black Hornet gives our troops the benefits of surveillance in the palm of their hands. It is extremely light and portable whilst out on patrol.

"Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems are a key component in our 10-year equipment plan and now that we have balanced the defence budget we are able to confidently invest in these kinds of cutting-edge technologies."

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02-04-2013 01:11 PM  5 years agoPost 2
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20mil for 160 units

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02-04-2013 01:42 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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Cut out the middleman,buy direct from hobby kingSomeone saw them coming Must be the carbon blades???160 drones at $15 bucks each,see a profit margin here,get busy guys.

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02-04-2013 01:55 PM  5 years agoPost 4
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Those look like fixed pitch blades to me. I wonder if its like flying a mcpx or what?

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02-04-2013 04:30 PM  5 years agoPost 5
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10K for a claw hammer, 30K for a toilet seat.

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02-04-2013 04:34 PM  5 years agoPost 6
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Damn, I need to switch career fields.

Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2

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02-04-2013 05:04 PM  5 years agoPost 7
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That would be a claw hammer and toilet seat to military spec No wonder we are bankrupt too.

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02-04-2013 06:31 PM  5 years agoPost 8
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Today only $100,000 a piece,military contracts welcome

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02-04-2013 07:37 PM  5 years agoPost 9
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My local sheriff has been on TV bragging about the 2 small drones he bought but cant use due to FAA regulations. He paid $50k for the two of them with an FPV system.

I bought a bigger better system with fpv etc for $2.5k and I am allowed to use it.

Peter Wales
http://scalehelicopters.org

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02-04-2013 08:26 PM  5 years agoPost 10
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Talke the decal off - Hold you Tongue just right - It will come back to ya !
Just love the propaganda machine : Mine's the nano -nano - Mork and Mindy White Hornet

I can only imagine the Insurgent's are know running a round middle of the nite with butter fly net's - trying to scoop them - or holding bag's -banging stick's together looking for snipes.

Wonder how they call them ?? Here nano- Nano
Here Nano -nano =======

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02-04-2013 08:37 PM  5 years agoPost 11
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Mini helicopter heist,Fox just got the news

Watch at YouTube

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02-05-2013 04:49 PM  5 years agoPost 12
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Hold your ponys Peter!

This will be coming to all states not just Texas Oregon & Virginia. Forget the FAA the local states are going to squash drones!!!

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02-07-2013 10:07 PM  5 years agoPost 13
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opps saw it was the brits, god save the queen lolz

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02-08-2013 04:08 AM  5 years agoPost 14
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Its The fing brits. They should have one of those flying over Pierce Morgan recording everything he does including bathroom. If the usa gets those well probably pay as much or more for them.

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