Oh Great, a Pepper Spray-Firing Drone

June 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM Leave a comment

Hummingbird Drone via time.com

Hummingbird Drone via Time.com)

Oh man.  I hate to think where this whole drone thing is headed:

The maker of a drone that fires pepper spray bullets says it has received its first order for the machine.

South Africa-based Desert Wolf told the BBC it had secured the sale of 25 units to a mining company after showing off the tech at a trade show in London.

What would a mining company want with 25 drones?  Oh, wait:

It is marketing the device as a “riot control copter” that can tackle crowds “without endangering the lives of security staff”.

[…]

Desert Wolf’s website states that its Skunk octacopter drone is fitted with four high-capacity paintball barrels, each capable of firing up to 20 bullets per second.

In addition to pepper-spray ammunition, the firm says it can also be armed with dye-marker balls and solid plastic balls.

The machine can carry up to 4,000 bullets at a time as well as “blinding lasers” and on-board speakers that can communicate warnings to a crowd.

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FYI, here’s Desert Wolf’s website.

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