The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( #DARPA ) has established a research and development program, known as the Fast Lightweight Autonomy Program (FLAP) which aims to develop new types of unmanned aerial vehicles—more commonly known as #drones —for urban combat operations, according to the Washington Times.
DARPA is preparing to dispense several initial $5 million contracts to companies bidding to produce the new drone models sought by the US military, which will have the ability to fly inside structures, maneuver through tight spaces, and operate autonomously from human controllers, all at speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour. The drones are specifically designed to mimic the flight capabilities of the goshawk, a bird species. Private sector firms will begin submitting bids as early as Tuesday.
In addition to the goshawk type, the US military is already acquiring drones the size of mosquitos as part of an Army Research Laboratory program called Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST), run as a collaboration between the Defense Department, BAE Systems, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and several major US universities. The Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System, a miniature rotary wing drone that takes high definition photographs and transmits footage instantaneously to its handler, has already been used by occupation forces in #Afghanistan to surveil enemy positions.
Given that the US military is currently engaged, deployed for or preparing for combat in more than fifty countries, the #Pentagon is planning to weaponize the drones in every conceivable fashion. In December, the #Obama administration launched a new escalation of its US drone war, which has already killed hundreds of innocents, including countless children. #Police forces inside the US already use drones for surveillance purposes. The new mini-drones now point to a nightmarish future in which “no knock” SWAT team raids are accompanied by lightning-fast killer #robot aircraft, controlled by artificial intelligence. #truth