The military is building a giant robot to help police and other law enforcement agencies fight drug cartels and other gangs.
The new robot, dubbed the Predator, will carry a 10,000 pound payload, can shoot down small drones with a maximum range of about 100 feet, and can be deployed on a small unmanned drone platform with a payload of about five pounds.
The drone is slated to be deployed in the summer of 2020.
The Predator is the first of several military robots designed to help in the fight against drug cartels, the U, and other criminal organizations, and its launch is a milestone in a decades-long push to develop a more advanced, more capable and better-armed military force.
“We’re trying to build an army that’s not just a police force, a police department, a national security agency, but a force that is able to handle the kind of operations that we see in cities across the country,” John M. McNamara, the Army’s assistant secretary for intelligence and surveillance, told the House Armed Services Committee in a Feb. 15 hearing.
Munoz, who heads the Defense Logistics Agency, which provides the military with logistics and technology, said the Predator was intended to allow police departments to focus on fighting drug gangs, while also assisting them in other tasks.
The military plans to equip its Predator with sensors and other technology to identify and track drug activity and to help fight organized crime.
The Predator will be deployed to police departments across the U., but the agency will also use it to assist local law enforcement.
In a speech on Wednesday, McNamara said the agency was looking to “make sure that when we go out on the streets of America, the people we are working with are the people that are actually being targeted.”
He said the military would deploy the drone to local police departments and that the government was looking into whether other agencies could help with its installation and operation.
The government has been trying to expand its use of drones for years.
Last year, the Department of Defense awarded a contract worth more than $40 million for the construction of a small drone, called the Predator II, which can shoot and kill up to 25 people with a laser.
That drone has since been mothballed.
McNamara said he was looking at “new ways to make it easier for local law-enforcement to use these [drones] in a way that we don’t have to go to the national level.”
He also said that the military was looking for ways to use drones to help improve its response to natural disasters, like hurricanes.
In addition to the Predator program, the military is planning to spend about $3 billion over the next two years to build the new Predator B. This $1.5 billion effort, known as the Predator Multi-Mission System, is designed to increase the size and lethality of the Predator drone by about 20 percent and the size of the drone itself by about 10 percent.
McNAVESA drone’s range, payload, and sensors could make it the most powerful military weapon ever createdThe new Predator, which is expected to cost about $300 million, is the second-largest single contract awarded to the Pentagon’s Advanced Aviation Technology Laboratory.
That contract, worth about $10.3 billion, is part of the $400 billion Air Force’s plan to develop and deploy more advanced drones.
It will cost about a third of the Pentagon budget, according to defense officials.
The new drones will be able to reach speeds of more than Mach 1.5, can carry up to 10 pounds of payload, shoot down drones up to five times faster than other drones, and will have a sensor array that could give it greater ability to detect small objects and small vehicles, according a report in the Los Angeles Times.
McNahrs said the new Predators would be “more agile, able to carry out more complex tasks, and more survivable than other small drones” and that “they’re able to detect and track smaller objects.”
He said that as the U has become more aware of the threats posed by drugs and gangs, “the threat has gotten much more serious.”
He added that the Predator would be equipped with sensors that could allow it to identify objects and vehicles in the field, and to “know exactly what’s happening on the ground.”
The Predator drone is one of a series of unmanned aircraft developed by the Pentagon.
Other projects include the Predator 2 and the Predator 3.
Other drone projects include, the Predator 4, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the MQ-1 Predator.