Automated Helicopter is one drug-buster

by Mark R

I heard that the U.S. military had those UAV Predator drones, but this is the first time that I have heard about them having robot helicopters.

Apparently the U.S. Navy has one (at least), and it was on a trail run when “its home base warship detected a suspicious speedboat on radar.” Apparently, the robot helicopter, also known as “Fire Scout”, did a pursuit on this boat.

What eventually happened was a three-hour chase, with the Fire Scout filming the entire thing. When the speedboat met up with a fishing boat, the U.S. Coastguard Law Enforcement Detachment unit from the USS McInerney came in.

The end result was 60 kilos of cocaine, “with another 200 kilos of narcotics presumed jettisoned”. I suppose that we could call this a victory in a Drug War, at least for one of the battles.

This is one of those times where you hear about technology actually helping some sort of interdiction. I was just excited to hear that the military had some robotic helicopters. I mean, robotic helicopters would be just sweet, wouldn’t they? I don’t think that there is some secret project that the military would be working on, or else I wouldn’t be allowed to report on it.


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