Israel Examines Using Grenade-launched Mini Drones

At $2,000 a pop with a 2-5 kilometer flight range, Israeli company Spear’s smallest drone weighs less than 250 grams and can be fired from a grenade launcher

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The Defense Ministry is examining the use of miniature drones that can be fired from a grenade launcher. The new technology has recently been developed by Spear, an Israeli startup company.

The IDF, like other armies around the world, has been equipping troops with miniature drones for surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence in recent years. The soldiers equipped with the drones can use them to get a bird’s eye view of the battlefield, or of the goings on beyond a hill or structure, and gather immediate tactical intelligence.