The US military has reportedly been supplied with inexpensive “kamikaze drones” for use by its special operations troops in the purported battle against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
In its Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement, the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) requested 325 “Miniature Aeria Missile Systems” or LMAMS by this summer, the delivery of which has already been completed, US-based Defense One reported.
According to the report, SOCOM has just received 350 of the so-called switchblades — a tube-launched drones outfitted with cameras and cursor-on-target GPS navigation — which can be fired from “handheld bazooka-like launchers.”
It cited officials of the California-based company, AeroVironment, which manufactures the drones, further adding that they “can be operated manually or autonomously.”
The drone can fly for about 15 minutes, at up to 100 miles per hour.
The report further cited Army…