Imagine a special forces unit tasked to locate violent extremists in a hostile combat zone. The unit has been notified there will be no airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms allocated to the mission. Loaded into two troop transport helicopters to raid the last known location of the extremists, the team is carrying a new capability to mitigate the lack of airborne ISR assets—four small, man-packable multirotors (unmanned helicopters with four or more blades) equipped with integrated artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) technology.
Approaching the target, the first multirotor is deployed ahead of the patrol. Encountering no resistance, the team arrives safely at the enemy compound and deploys a second multirotor inside it to surveil surrounding structures before being directed inside the target building itself.