The military has some stealthy new technology in the pipeline it would seem. Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Technology is a development by the United States Air Force. MAV’s are tiny robotic drones that have been designed to look like a bird or an insect. They can fly into an area unnoticed and spy on the enemy or even be used to fly up to take a deadly shot at an enemy force before they even realize what it is.
MAV technology may become a useful weapon by the Defense Department soon. Relatively massive funds have been put into into the scientific development of these micro flying machines. The Pentagon and Aerospace in particular have been working on these for more than a decade. The Air Force Research Laboratory apparently a projected 2015 date to put these first of their kind MAV’s into military use.
In the research and development of this new technology, the scientist and researches studied small insects, fruit flies and birds to design this tiny new aircraft. It will be very light and will be able to be carried in the soldier’s rucksack.
UAVs or Unmanned Arial Vehicles are already in use by the military but nothing has been used as small as these MAV’s will be.
In the United Kingdo, the Special Forces have been testing a 28inch MAV which they have termed the “Wasp”. They have used it so far to monitor the battlefields in Afghanistan. Now the US Marine Corps have placed an order for them. These particular Wasps may have explosives fitted to them to be used on surprise assaults.
These small MAV’s are being made by AeroVironment, a firm which is currently based in California. The Air Force has had a goal to finish testing the MAV so it can be deployed by 2015. By 2030, the Air Force desires to be able to deploy it. They are formulating the technology of being able to deploy swarms of these MAV’s so that a lot of site data may be gained at one time. There are a ton of non-military uses for these MAV’s as well, such as for search and rescue operations.