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Drone disguised as bird found after crash in Somalia

/ 04:42 PM July 15, 2016

A drone shaped like a bird is the last thing anyone would expect to see in the skies of a war zone. Image Sawirro

The use of drones in a war zone is nothing new and has been a staple for reconnaissance operations for some time now. There are, however, various ways of camouflaging them as can be seen in this crashed drone in Somalia.

What may look like a large bird is actually a cleverly disguised drone. It was discovered in Mogadishu, and has been associated with a drone from Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) that went down last May 1, according to a report from The Verge.

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Apart from its bird-like appearance, the drone also appears to be able to move its “wings” to better simulate how a real bird would move in the air.

The US Army also utilizes a similar drone that can be deployed by hand or launched from a cannon. It can also simulate flapping wings, making it more inconspicuous while it goes about its reconnaissance missions.

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It was not clear what company manufactured the Somalian drone. Companies, however, have been doing extensive research to better mimic the movements of animals such as birds and four-legged mammals as exemplified by the SpotMini from Boston Dynamics.  Alfred Bayle

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TOPICS: disguise, Drone, NISA, Somalia
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