Tactical loitering munitions, essentially man-portable unmanned aircraft fitted with warheads, are maturing rapidly. But while the U.S. has taken the lead in their development and deployment, international companies are moving to enter a potentially lucrative new market. The U.S. Army has deployed some 4,000 AeroVironment Switchblades in Afghanistan as an interim measure under the Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System (Lmams) initiative. Such weapons allow a soldier to find a target ...

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