|The “Gorgon Stare” of The U.S. Military … how comforting|
WASHINGTON — The US military plans to deploy a new intelligence drone in Afghanistan, which military experts say will allow US troops to monitor much larger operational theaters than before, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
The newspaper said the airborne surveillance system is called Gorgon Stare and will be able to transmit live video images of physical movement across an entire town.
In 2010, a total of 711 international troops were killed in Afghanistan, according to independent website iCasualties — the highest annual death toll since the war began in 2001.
The system consists of nine video cameras mounted on a remotely piloted aircraft, which can can transmit up to 65 live images to soldiers on the ground or to analysts tracking enemy movements, the paper said.
By contrast, current Air Force drones today shoot video from a single camera over a narrow area the size of a building or two, The Post noted.