Was that a hummingbird that just flew past your window? Don't be too sure about that.
The Army's Natick Soldier Research Center has been working tirelessly on something called the Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program, aka the CP-ISR.
The Army's latest weapon is a tiny drone the size of a hummingbird that can perform aerial reconnaissance for an individual squad or even a single soldier. Called the Black Hornet, this amazing little drone is still in the testing phase, but it already packs one heck of a punch.
"The palm sized Prox Dynamics' PD-100 Black Hornet only weighs in at 16 grams. With a flight time of nearly a half an hour, it can venture out both vertically and horizontally, into villages and buildings, to provide real time intelligence via streaming video from any of its three cameras. Because of its quiet electronic motors and small size, the little spy drone is almost completely undetectable."
These micro drones are designed to be inexpensive and disposable, able to navigate indoors and outdoors in high combat areas. It is also reported that a "more powerful military grade data-link" is on the way to securely connect the drones to the soldiers that control them.
It's also highly probable that these Black Hornets could be outfitted as weapons themselves. With their tiny size and nearly undetectable motor, it would make them a heavy new weapon in the Army's arsenal.
You can see just how tiny it is in the image below. Image courtesy of U.S. Army