The Black Hornet Nano is designed in Norway and weighs around 16 grams. The 10-centimetre long helicopter is fitted with a tiny camera which relays video and still images to a remote terminal and is operational even in windy conditions.
“We used it to look for insurgent firing points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing, which is a real asset,” said Sergeant Christopher Petherbridge, with Britain’s Brigade Reconnaissance Force.
In a statement, he called the Hornet easy to operate and said it offered “amazing capability to the guys on the ground.”
It said the Hornet was developed by Norway’s Prox Dynamics as as part of a £20 million-pound contract for 160 units with southern England’s Marlborough Communications.
Drones of all shapes and sizes have rapidly become a mainstay of US, British and other nations’ military operations around the world.
Late last year the UK said it was doubling the size of its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan to 10 with the purchase of a new batch of Reapers.
Newswarped thinks this non-lethal drone is a useful little critter. The Taliban will be happy that it does not carry weapons but give it time my little religious radical chappies and it is bound to be equipped with a syringe full of a fatal elixir with which to jab the intended target.