Mon, Mar 28, 2005
TAG! You're It!
Last week's episode of
CSI New York featured a Tactical Aerospace Group UAV as a
futuristic law enforcement tool. A TAG "C" type UAV helicopter was
shown flying through the New York skyline. The UAV represented a
weaponized helicopter with .30 caliber guns, video and thermal
vision, and a laser target acquisition system.
TAG tells ANN that similar UAVs could be used in the very
near future as major police departments seek to integrate these new
tools into their departments. UAVs could be used to assist with
surveillance, patrols, incident response, and even homeland
defense. The remotely operated aircraft can free up existing
helicopters for more pressing issues. It also provides an aerial
solution to departments that can't afford a full size
The TAG UAVs can be transported by SUV, van, or Trailer, and
deployed in minutes to hover over an incident to provide video or
thermal imagery. They can also be used as a communications repeater
or a local WiFi Hub.
Sound too futuristic? The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD),
the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) used a TAG UAV at
the Academy Awards in February to help provide security. The
helicopter provided a live video feed that was transmitted to a
handheld PDA style unit that could be carried by any security
personnel on the ground.
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