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For sale: Drones that can fire pepper spray bullets as well as blinding lasers
Electronic Products ^ | Jeffrey Bausch

Posted on 06/26/2014 9:27:53 PM PDT by null and void

Marketed as a riot control copter, device is quickly condemned by International Trade Union

Well, this didn’t take long.

A drone manufacturer has put up for sale a remote control copter outfitted with four high-capacity paintball barrels, each capable of firing up to 20 bullets per second, as well as blinding laser and on-board speakers that can communicate with the crowd below.

South Africa-based Desert Wolf, maker of the Skunk octacopter, is marketing the device as a “riot control copter” that can address crowds “without endangering the lives of security staff.” The company says it has already received its first order for 25 machines from a mining company that saw it demonstrated at a trade show in London recently.

The International Trade Union Confederation quickly condemned the device and its sale.

"This is a deeply disturbing and repugnant development and we are convinced that any reasonable government will move quickly to stop the deployment of advanced battlefield technology on workers or indeed the public involved in legitimate protests and demonstrations," said spokesman Tim Noonan, who added that the ITUC would now be working to find out which company ordered the drones.

"We will be taking this up as a matter of urgency with the unions in the mining sector globally," he said.

In terms of functionality, Desert Wolf’s website says that the Skunk drone can be armed with pepper spray bullets, dye-marker balls, and solid plastic balls. It can fly with up to 4,000 bullets on board, as well as the aforementioned lasers and speakers, due to the eight OS Max electric motors with 16-inch props.

In addition to the mining company that already placed its order, Desert Wolf managing director Hennie Kieser says that there are a number of other customers that are in the process of finalizing their orders. "Some [are] mines in South Africa, some security companies in South Africa and outside South Africa, some police units outside South Africa and a number of other industrial customers," he told the BBC.

Kieser went on to explain why the Skunk was invented.

“We designed and developed the Skunk because of a huge safety risk that had to be addressed," he said. "We cannot afford another Lonmin Marikana and by removing the police on foot, using non-lethal technology, I believe that everyone will be much safer."

For those unfamiliar with the story, ‘Lonmin Marikana’ is in reference to a violent pay strike in 20112 that resulted in 44 deaths at a South African platinum mine. Most of the dead were mine workers, but a few were police officers as well.

Kieser said that Lonmin was not the customer who purchased the 25 drones.


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Just the thing for those noisy neighbors...
1 posted on 06/26/2014 9:27:53 PM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

Wait till they get cheap enough for the average home invader to afford.


2 posted on 06/26/2014 9:31:08 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

Then, there will be a market for anti-drone technology.


3 posted on 06/26/2014 9:45:14 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: null and void

...and that damn non-stop barking dog behind us. Maybe they could equip this copter to shoot cats.


4 posted on 06/26/2014 9:50:29 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: null and void

It carries enough air to shoot 4,000 balls? And drive eight 16 inch props? Must be a monster battery on board.

Wait’ll these are equipped with mini guns and a flotilla of 50 of them hovers over a crowd. Or mini-Hellfire missiles are developed for these platforms.

Dark days ahead.


5 posted on 06/26/2014 9:55:38 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Don’t worry too much.
Figuring out how to hack them or disable them will be the next entertainment for nerds.


6 posted on 06/26/2014 10:01:01 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: null and void

Freaking drones with sharks with lasers on their heads.


7 posted on 06/26/2014 10:03:49 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Army Air Corps
This....


8 posted on 06/26/2014 10:03:50 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: Army Air Corps

A 12 gauge might work for starters!


9 posted on 06/26/2014 10:04:29 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: Taxman

Man-portable AAA right there.


10 posted on 06/26/2014 10:05:54 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Have the crowd full of helium ballons with a nice strong nylon fishing line .
Barrage balloons...


11 posted on 06/26/2014 10:06:26 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: Kozak

“Old-school” technology for a modern-day challenge. I like it.


12 posted on 06/26/2014 10:07:31 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: null and void

How much?


13 posted on 06/26/2014 11:41:06 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Black Agnes

Not as cheap as the 12 gauge shotgun and.00 buck that would shoot it down.

CC


14 posted on 06/26/2014 11:44:39 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The Terminator series of movies calls what you’ve just described as HK’s or Hunter-killers. Dark days indeed.

CC


15 posted on 06/26/2014 11:47:36 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Army Air Corps

Expect to see jammer imports skyrocket from the UK into the US.


16 posted on 06/27/2014 12:36:14 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Wait’ll these are equipped with mini guns

Prototype Quadrotor with Machine Gun!

17 posted on 06/27/2014 2:59:00 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: null and void

I thought that the Geneva Convention banned weapons that are used to blind people?


18 posted on 06/27/2014 3:12:35 AM PDT by Falcon4.0
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To: null and void

Now, where did I put those welder’s goggles?


19 posted on 06/27/2014 3:45:36 AM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: Falcon4.0
I thought that the Geneva Convention banned weapons that are used to blind people?

Yup. It also bans hollow-point ammunition, yet the US government bought a billion rounds...

20 posted on 06/27/2014 7:00:02 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: Army Air Corps

Now I have found another use for my goose gun!


21 posted on 06/27/2014 7:53:36 AM PDT by Taxman
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