Florida-based company Arcturus has managed to create a tiny drone small enough for small military units to command. If this passes the military testing stage, this, along with other small-scale armed drones, could see the expansion of drone warfare.

The Arcturus has a wingspan of a little over 17 feet, and is capable of carrying up to 22 pounds of cargo, including the 10-pound laser-guided Saber missile. It has this feature even though it's meant primarily for spying purposes. It was designed to be used by commandos in the field:

Unlike the other "tier-2 class" drones, Arcturus is intended primarily for commandos. Like the Shadow, it's launched from a pneumatic catapult, and doesn't need a runway to land. Unlike a Shadow, the Arcturus is a modular design: The wings and the tail snap off of the 100-pound plane for portability by small special-operations detachments behind enemy lines.


Which explains the camo warpaint, although it's still a nice touch. [Wired]

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