by DAVID AXE
AeroVironment’s hand-launched, Raven drone is the most popular Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in the U.S. military fleet, with more than 5,000 copies, in service, or planned. Raven is similar to a radio-controlled toy, but fitted with a high-fidelity camera and GPS — and boasting better performance than something you might buy for your kid.
Not so, the Chinese take on Raven. China Military Report has photos of Chinese para-military soldiers testing out a Raven-size drone that appears to actually be an R/C toy: check out the cockpit!
Toy or not, if it works, it works. There are loads of examples of civilian robots, even playthings, making excellent weapons. The U.S. MarcBot ground robot is based on a Traxxas R/C toy. And Hezbollah’s UAVs appear to be recreational R/C planes, modified for war.
(Photo: China Military Report)