I can see how extremely helpful these will be, but £125,000 per copter?? Are you sure? About $100 each I would have thought, and maybe another $100 for the controller.
What code / protection system is built in to prevent enemy troops snatching your copter and then using it to Monitor your position?
JPAR "I can see how extremely helpful these will be, but £125,000 per copter?? Are you sure? About $100 each I would have thought, and maybe another $100 for the controller."
and I thought only the US military screwed it's tax payers
Considering all that the little copter is cabable of doing, the price does not seem to bad. I doubt one can do what it does with one of those little copters that one sees being sold on television.
If it saves lives, I think the cost is well worth it.
The price may seem a bit steep, but keep in mind that not only have they packed quite a bit of electronics into that small package, but also an electric motor and a battery pack capable of running it all for a whole 30 minutes. A $100 RC helicopter with no fancy bells or whistles (like recording & transmitting video) will get maybe 10 minutes.
JPAR - "What code / protection system is built in to prevent enemy troops snatching your copter and then using it to Monitor your position?"
Fortunately that's a secret.
How do they recharge in the field?
How do they "party in the chowper" ?
How noisy is it?
Does it self destruct if it crashes?
UK enemies will start packing 12 ga bird shot shells...
Can't see any doors, how does the pilot get in and out?
The signal would no doubt be encrypted, and no doubt, if the drone was seized by the enemy, the operator would be instantly aware of that. And in order for the enemy to use it to their own ends, they would need a controller with display- not the sort of thing they are likely to have any time soon.
Does seem extremely expensive though- although worth it to save lives.
What do you get for $100?
1) A copter which can only be controlled to maybe 100 meters away, or as far as an ad-hoc wifi signal can transmit.
2) Low quality video, if any video at all.
3) 10 minutes battery.
This next part is based of the development contract price and reports. It is not the actual price of each individual kit. But since, from the comments, it looks like nobody understands what a development contract is not, I'll go from what you think it is.
What do you get for £125,000?
1) A copter which uses a secure (DDL) network, capable of transmitting over 800 meters
2) GPS navigation
3) High quality, stabilized, pan-tilt, and mechanically zoomed video
4) 30 minutes battery
5) Carbon-fiber propellers
6) Super-quiet operation
8) Hover and stare, preprogrammed search routes
9) Base Station
• Mission Planning, Execution and Analyses
• Display connections, Functions and System Controls
• Storage of Mission Data including Video and Images
• Connections to PC, Network and other Peripherals
• UAVs housed inside for Protection and Support
I assume the 20 million pounds included research, development and tooling. Subsequent orders should be much cheaper. Unless they sell them to U.S. military who seems proud of how much they can spend on something.
Nice gizmo but the price is outrageous. Wish I owned some Prox Dynamics stock. No doubt some American company can come up with an even MORE expensive version for out troops. The money we humans spend to kill each other off worldwide boggles the mind. Only homo sapiens...
Seems like the wrong color... white??
Maybe a soft blue gray or green.
I'm assuming most of that budget is for R&D...can't wait for them to go on the surplus market, though. :)
Neat little unit. Next step, make little Grenade helicopters. Buzz around the corner, spy a bad guy and BLAM! One Less!
Grenades is so wasteful. What is needed is a rocket propelled slug like a Gyrojet but with a shorter launch tube.
There is a video on youtube of a guy who strapped a machine gun to the underside of four bladed UAV. The results were much more destructive than anything this over priced hummingbird could do.
At least we know why the Taliban have started taking tennis lessons.
Spin Masters Air Hogs HawkEye video helicopter, $99. HawkEye Blue Sky video airplane, $40.
Throw a few thousand $ at that toy company for R&D and I bet they could include radio transmission of the video and increase the flight time, for only double the price per unit.
I am guessing that the real expense is making it resistant to being hacked and feeding disinformation to its user and a premium for secret keeping processes maintained by the company. The paper work is a female dog.
White shell, hmmm? Well, perhaps mould each body out of C4 explosive, so that if it is captured, the operator simply sends a signal and suddenly, someone is without a hand (or head if they are inspecting it!).
C4 is not that easy to explode, or even burn - it requires a detonator, and that could be incorporated into the hull somehow.
Just an idea...
$200,000 USD each! this is an outrage, no way in hell will the US let the Brits out screw the taxpayers! The US version will cost at least half a million, go USA!
(plus ours will have a cool camo paint scheme, maybe with flames)