We got one step closer again to the scenes we saw in the Terminator movies. It is reported that the British army completed the first drone developed specifically for indoor activities. The latter will be loaded with two shotguns in the first round, which will provide a fairly serious firepower to a structure that does not handle its weapons on its own (yet).
Thanks to the special design of the drone and the artificial intelligence algorithm running in the background, it is able to avoid the phenomenon called “wall suction”, which can have fatal consequences indoors for heavier flying structures indoors. This is because the airflow generated by the drone’s propellers can trigger self-hazardous processes, at the end of which the machine is hit by a difference in air pressure in the room. The unit, called the i9, will initially be equipped with two fixed rifles, but otherwise long-term plans also include the application of a machine gun and a rocket launcher. Orientation and target recognition are also supported by computer aid, i.e. “machine vision”. However, the firing of the weapons themselves is not yet left to the algorithms, as they can only be activated by a remote human operator.
There is no specificity in the report cited as to how the engineers of the unnamed military supplier overcame the fundamental physical problem that when a force is generated, we can immediately count on the appearance of the same, opposite force. When firing guns, it all takes the form of kickback, which is not very easy to handle with a relatively light, floating machine. One possible solution is to drive the drone suddenly forward at the moment of firing, which can neutralize the force acting backwards. But with such a structure requiring fine coordination, it is still questionable whether it can maintain the stability required to remain in the air. In connection with the news, it is worth mentioning that just a few weeks ago, the British Secretary of Defense announced a development program for which companies capable of supplying His Majesty’s army with gun drones operating indoors are expected to apply. Given the complexity of the subject, however, the austerity British government would not set aside a sizable amount for this, as the total budget would be £ 900,000, of which a solution could, in addition, receive a maximum of £ 150,000 per round.
The military deployment of drones is, of course, not new, as the whole technology has risen thanks to military developments and has now become a fully-fledged tool in business and civilian life as well. As the progress of recent years progresses, suicide explosive drones can now be attacked at minimal cost in an asymmetric war, while at the other end of the spectrum is the US, where they want to hold the first air-to-man air duel in 2021.