[NetBehaviour] Armed Robot Drones To Join UK Police Force.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Feb 12 10:42:27 CET 2010
Armed Robot Drones To Join UK Police Force.
Police forces all over the UK will soon be able to draw on unmanned
aircraft from a national fleet, according to Home Office plans. Last
month it was revealed that modified military aircraft drones will carry
out surveillance on everyone from protesters and antisocial motorists to
fly-tippers, and will be in place in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Surveillance is only the start, however. Military drones quickly moved
from reconnaissance to strike, and if the British police follow suit,
their drones could be armed -- but with non-lethal weapons rather than
"British criminals should soon prepare to be shot at from unmanned
airborne police robots. Last month it was revealed that modified
military aircraft drones will carry out surveillance on everyone from
British protesters and antisocial motorists to fly-tippers. But these
drones could be armed with tasers, non-lethal projectiles and
ultra-powerful disorienting strobe lighting apparatus, reports Wired.
The flying robot fleet will range from miniature tactical craft such as
the miniature AirRobot being tested by one police force, to BAE System's
new 12m-wide armed HERTI drone as flown in Afghanistan."
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