Thu, Nov 03, 2011
DHS-Funded Vanguard Shadowhawk Can Fire Grenades
We've become accustomed to hearing reports of unmanned aircraft
carrying weapons in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, a drone
with similar capabilities is being put in the hands of Texas law
The aircraft is a Shadowhawk, built by Vanguard Defense, which
The Blaze reports costs about $250,000. The Montgomery Sheriff's
Office has obtained one with the help of a grant from the US
Department of Homeland Security. It's much smaller than a Predator,
at six feet long and 29 pounds.
The UAV is equipped with infrared imaging, and officially, the
sheriff's office says the primary mission of the drone for now is
for missing persons cases. But it's equipped with grenade
launchers, expected to be used by police for tear gas cannisters,
and on its website, Vanguard touts the potential for use in high
risk warrant, hostage rescue, domestic violence situations.
Comments posted by readers on news websites suggest not
everyone's comfortable arming local police agencies with airborne
grenade launchers. Even in Texas.
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