This drone shoots crowds with pepper spray paintballs

Crowds of protesters could soon come under attack from riot control drones outfitted with paintball guns, strobe lights, and speakers. The Skunk Riot Control Copter, built by South African company Desert Wolf, has a suite of cameras and four paintball guns strapped to its chassis to help its operators monitor and control unruly crowds. The guns can fire ammunition from four different hoppers, meaning the drone operators can shoot protesters with dye markers, solid plastic pellets, or small capsules of pepper spray.

Defence Web says that a full drone system — including high definition and thermal vision cameras, the eight-rotored drone itself, and a ground control station — will cost around 500,000 South African Rand ($ 46,000). The…

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