In early July, Israel Aerospace Industries demonstrated the Rotem UAS—a proof-of-concept quadcopter drone capable of providing both airborne surveillance and an explosive punch. The lightweight drone, which can be carried in a backpack and flown by one person, comes with a "combat head" that turns it into a guided weapon.
Rotem folds down into a package 38 inches long, 7 inches wide, and 5 inches high. According to a report from Israel Defense, the drone has a number of "automated modes." It has automatic take off and landing control, an emergency "return home" feature, and can navigate to a given set of coordinates or follow a pre-specified route without operator interaction. It can also be put into automated observation and attack modes once a target is designated, and the drone can "safe ditch" and disable its warhead if an attack is aborted.
A number of fixed-wing "loitering munitions" have been produced in the past, such as Aeronautics Defense Systems' Orbiter 1K—a suicide drone that drew unwanted attention when Aeronautics' live-fire sales demonstration to Azerbaijan turned into an attack on an Armenian military position. In the US, Textron developed Battlehawk—essentially a fixed-wing loitering hand grenade—in 2013. And the US Army started purchasing the tube-launched fixed-wing Switchblade from AeroVironment back in 2011.
Gamers, boot your consoles.
Chocolate Factory apologizes for overzealous bots as service wobbles offline
Chocolate Factory apologizes for trigger-happy AI
Its owner has a thing for the color green, if you couldn't tell.
The next generation of JBL's ultraportable Clip speaker delivers with improved sound quality, better battery life and a more rugged design.
Tens of thousands of Canadian medical files, healthcare worker details snatched
Hackers say they will leak patient and employee records stolen from a Canadian healthcare provider unless they are paid off.…
Take a look at this innovative supermarket concept. Is the convenience enough or is it just a gimmick?
The truth is out there.
Ask not for whom the doorbell tolls.
Sinclair isn't giving up yet as it tries to close the $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune.
The supplier for Apple, Samsung and other device makers has designed the new Gorilla Glass 6 to survive 15 drops from a height of 1 meter.
This probably isn't something you can knock out on your lunch break.
Gizmos gain control over Windows 10 updates - at a price
Be still your beating hearts, Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core Services has hit public preview and the software giant has indicated just how much it is all going to cost.…
It's a hard-rock life for the Curiosity rover on Mars.
In a Recode interview, Facebook's CEO takes blame for Cambridge Analytica debacle, but stops short of actually firing himself.
So much for "Netflix and chill."