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MDM 2016: Marine Corps looks toward quadcopters

29th September 2016 - 15:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Quantico


The US Marine Corps sees broad tactical operational potential for current quadcopter camera designs and is looking to roll such small UAVs out across the service.

Speaking at this week’s Modern Day Marine event in Quantico, Virginia, Gen Robert Neller, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, said the introduction of such quadcopters was well under way.

‘By the end of next year my goal is that every deployed marine infantry squad has got their own quadcopter. They’re only around $1000.’

Carefully clarifying that he was ‘not advocating for any particular manufacturer’, he likened the technology to recent advances in

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Scott Gourley


Scott Gourley

Scott Gourley is a US-based writer on defence and security issues. A former US Army …

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