23 Jan '12, 6pm
Army’s newest drone will be ‘green’
The Army is increasingly aware that the only way for its war machine to keep turning is for it to eliminate the long, vulnerable supply chain currently required to get energy to its soldiers. That’s one reason why it just awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to build a flying drone, light enough to be carried by troops or Iranians , that supplements its power with solar energy. The SURGE-V unmanned aircraft is to be a hybrid-powered manpackable UAV that weighs less than 20 pounds and is able to carry a 4-pound electro-optical payload on missions over rough terrain lasting for at least four hours. Because when you’re trying to find a wedding party to blow up , you might as well do it in the greenest way possible.