British soldiers in Afghanistan are now using the smallest drones ever deployed in a theater of warfare, the BBC is reporting.
According to the report, the nano drone is 10 cm long and weighs 6 grams, and is equipped with GPS and a camera. Supposedly it's capable of flying in windy conditions.
The MoD, which also operates more than 300 larger-sized unmanned air vehicles in Afghanistan, said the Black Hornet is carried easily on patrol and works in harsh environments and windy conditions.
They have been in use in Afghanistan since 2012, a spokeswoman confirmed.
Surrey-based Marlborough Communications has a £20m contract with the military to supply and maintain 160 of the drones, which were originally developed by Prox Dynamics for search and rescue operations.
The nano drone is capably of flying for 30 minutes at a time and can cover 800 meters in a single flight.
Prox dynamics posted in April 2009 a promo video of the prototype, which shows the drone carefully navigating an office space, infiltrating a room, snapping photos of engineering plans, and exfiltrating.