In general, an UAV monitors enemy territory or not, it takes pictures and videos, it probes things and, incidentally, drops bombs. Until recently, that was all.

Our British friends, who are never immune from a facétie, thought it would be interesting to make the UAV more complete and to make it more complex by allowing it :

  • to fire with two shotguns (to maximize damages?) or with other weapons depending on the context;
  • on individuals identified by facial recognition;
  • inside buildings…

The Royal Air Force engineers went to great lengths to get to this point. Flying a UAV indoors is quite complicated because the aircraft has to avoid walls and ceilings, while balancing the blast caused by its own displacement.

i9 indoor RAF's armed and dangerous UAV 1

The i9 UAV adds to this the complexity of the recoil of the rifle (and thus of the blast of the shot) which must also be compensated.

Dimensions and characteristics of the I9 UAV

These aspects related to the stability of the craft (the i9 is announced for a length of 3,28 feet and it is overhung by 6 rotors), would have been regulated thanks to algorithms fed with artificial intelligence which, in addition to ensuring the flight, make it possible to identify and to aim at the targets.

It seems that the decision to shoot will be reserved to an operator .

In any case, we will have little risk of encountering these devices in the immediate future in our regions because they are designed to support the action of soldiers in sensitive areas to limit human losses.

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However, there is no doubt that the forces of law and order will soon see an undeniable interest in it.

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