Surveillance drone

Surveillance drone that can fit in soldier’s pocket, developed by researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

The pocket-sized aerial surveillance drone developed by the U.S. Army, is ideal for soldiers and small units operating in challenging ground environments.

The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program, or CP-ISR, seeks to develop a mobile Soldier sensor to increase the situational awareness of dismounted Soldiers by providing real-time video surveillance of threat areas within their immediate operational environment.

While larger systems have been used to provide over-the-hill ISR capabilities on the battlefield for almost a decade, none of those delivers it directly to the squad level, where Soldiers need the ability to see around the corner or into the next room during combat missions.

Dr. Laurel Allender, acting NSRDEC technical director, said:

“The Cargo Pocket ISR is a true example of an applied systems approach for developing new Soldier capabilities. It provides an integrated capability for the Soldier and small unit for increased situational awareness and understanding with negligible impact on Soldier load and agility.”

via io9