Tiny drones founded for military technology research

Tiny drones for urban warfare are among the projects that could soon be funded under an £800 million injection into UK military technology research. The new innovation and research insights (IRIS) unit is meant to breathe fresh life into military tech research and help the UK compete with other nations’ equipment and weapons. Among the projects which may be funded are tiny dragonfly drones – so named for their distinctive wings – which can be used for urban warfare, and a quantum gravimeter, which would be used on board drones to scan through walls and even underground, aiding with mapping. The military is also looking at developing laser weapons and reinvigorating the Royal Navy’s main drone development program for the Scan Eagle vehicle.