Insect Drones: Myth or Reality?

The future is now one step closer.  It seems the US Air Force has progressed well in its research into creating the ultimate stealth weapon – flying insects.

These miniature drones will be controlled the way the larger predator drones have been controlled. Air Force personnel will operate the “Fly-Bot” drone via remote control from a command center to get it exactly where they want it to go.

The current drone can fit on the tip of your finger but when in flight or on some other part of the landscape, they are virtually impossible to detect. Just like a real fly. According to Bryan Conte of, “The future of warfare and intelligence collection just got a whole lot more sophisticated.”

Mr. Conte further conjectured how it would be used: “Imagine a pack of 20 of these capturing every angle of both voice and video on a hideout or other military opposition compound. Add to that the ability for the Air Force to someday strap some weapons or explosives to them and you have some deadly insects on hand.”

I have to wonder, though, what happens if our enemies get wise to this ruse and spray killer insecticides around their compounds? Any insects left flying will have to be drones, and then the enemy will be alerted to the subterfuge.

Time will tell. But for now, be aware that these are man-made, not from an extraterrestrial culture or some other obscure manufacturer. The photo below is a drone created by the Israeli military. I think this one is bird sized.

 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

My main concern is that the conspiracy theorists are going to jump up and down screaming that the military will use these bugs to spy on our citizens. That may be true if a group is up to no good (aka, something illegal), but if they’ve got nothing to hide, then there’s nothing to worry about.

While I’m delighted to hear of this technological advance which could really help our troops, I’m also afraid that on the home-front, this may just turn into the proverbial “can of worms”.

We’d love to hear what you think about “Fly-Bots”!

Til the next time!

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