Future of drones is small and cheap

Defense News: Intelligence might be one of if not the most coveted asset for commanders of all stripes. While combatant commanders and other strategic leaders are always in need of more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, so is the case for field commanders on the ground with small units. As such, the desire for micro or nano drones has increased immensely.

The size of unmanned aerial systems has continued to decrease. “Overall, small is the future,” Peter Singer, strategist and senior fellow at the New America think tank, told C4ISRNET.

These micro drones, many of which are so small they can fit in the palm of one’s hand and weigh as large as 20 pounds, provide unique ISR capabilities for squads on the ground.

Read article