Drones that can double as grenades have recently been tested by U.S. Marines at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune to determine how easily deployable the drones are.

The so-called Drone40 from Australian defense company Defendtex is a drone with a vertical fuselage that can be packed with either explosives or intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payloads.

Source: PFC Sarah PysherSource: PFC Sarah Pysher

According to its developers, the device is controlled via radio link from a portable ground control station. Additionally, it can be launched via grenade launcher or by hand, hit a target and return to base.

With a 12 mile range, the Drone40 has a flight time of 30 to 60 minutes.

For more on the technology, watch the accompanying video that appears courtesy of Defendtex or visit the Defendtex website.

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