Drones which see underground

Among other things, the camera could identify hidden weapons and underground bunkers camouflaged with vegetation.

“The camera will alert its operator regarding the location of suspicious targets and even of spots that are saturated with chemicals and other substances,” Lt. Col. Yoav, chief of the Intelligence Department of the IAF’s Equipment Squadron, told the website.

“Its mode of operation is based on sensing the wavelengths invisible to the human eye that are emitted by different substances in nature. Every natural substance emits waves at lengths that are unique to it, and the camera can tell the difference between them because of its high sensitivity,” he added.

4 comments for “Drones which see underground

  1. ivan
    June 18, 2012 at 18:05

    A nice piece of misdirection in the last paragraph.

  2. Chuckles
    June 18, 2012 at 19:30


    I suspect it’s just the usual – a clueless journalist confusing themselves and the public.

  3. ivan
    June 18, 2012 at 20:32

    Maybe Chuckles, but the picture appears to be some form of magnetometer added to the drone which also has its standard camera.

    As I said, a nice piece of misdirection.

  4. Chuckles
    June 18, 2012 at 21:20

    Could be, although the usual flying heights for hyper-spectral and mag are very different. A lot of the scanners look like oil drums rather than cameras, but there is a lot that’s not being said.

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