It fits easily into the palm of your hand and looks to the world like a child’s toy helicopter.
But this tiny, remote-controlled aircraft is, in fact, British forces’ latest weapon against the Taliban.
Codenamed Black Hornet, the eight-inch long plastic moulded drone has three cameras hidden inside its nose, yet weighs just 15 grams, or just over half an ounce.
Black Hornet, which has a smooth grey body and twin black rotors, stays airborne thanks to a small rechargeable battery.
Like a child’s toy helicopter: The tiny, remote-controlled aircraft codenamed Black Hornet is, in fact, British forces’ latest weapon against the Taliban
Soldiers can either pilot it directly or program it to fly to a given set of co-ordinates on the battlefield using GPS, then return to base after spying on enemy positions.
The Mail on Sunday was last week given an exclusive demonstration of Black Hornet in Camp Bastion by soldiers from the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF).