By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Few situations are as unsettling to U.S. soldiers as suddenly coming under fire — particularly when they can’t tell where the attack is coming from.
That kind of scenario — which America’s military forces have faced in Iraq and Afghanistan — is one that a local company has been trying to address with its unmanned drone technology.
Since 2011, the U.S. military has been using Switchblade drones built by Monrovia-based AeroVironment Inc.
The missile-equipped drone systems are able to scout out enemy locations, send back the information and then strike selected targets with an explosive payload.
That ability has made the drones a valuable tool to the military. The company just secured a new contract valued at nearly $23 million with the United States Army Close Combat Weapons Systems Project Office.
SOURCES: News Now/San Gabriel Valley Tribune