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DOD Taps XTEND to Deliver Drones for Use in Urban Warfare Missions


DOD Taps XTEND to Deliver Drones for Use in Urban Warfare Missions

Israeli company XTEND received a contract from the Department of Defense for the procurement of small drones designed for use in urban warfare missions.

The contract calls for the delivery of Skylord Xtender to DOD tactical units for operational testing and evaluation.

The hyper-enabled drone features machine interface technology, allowing users to remotely intervene in dangerous situations from a safe distance, XTEND said.

Operators of the drone can perform specific remote tasks in complex environments, including tactical reconnaissance, indoor live mapping and situational understanding.

XTEND Co-founder Matteo Shapira said in a statement that Skylord Xtender can be used for scanning a building for enemy fighters, locating snipers or providing intel on a suspected enemy stronghold.

The drone has the ability to penetrate buildings. Citing video demonstrations, Defense News reports that the drone is capable of entering and exiting buildings through a small hole the size of an average brick.

The drone can be further enhanced by adding tactical auxiliary attachments such as electronic warfare jammers, counter-drone interception devices, individual assault munition and lethal miniature aerial munition.

Learning how to operate Skylord Xtender takes little time. According to Shapira, it requires less than one hour of training to be able to use the drone owing to its intuitive design.

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