USAF to Deploy New Surveillance System to Afghanistan

3 January 2011 (Last Updated January 3rd, 2011 18:30)

The US Air Force (USAF) is to deploy a new intelligence drone to Afghanistan with the capacity to transmit live video images of movement across an entire town. The airborne surveillance system consists of nine video cameras mounted on a remotely piloted aircraft, and can transmit live i

The US Air Force (USAF) is to deploy a new intelligence drone to Afghanistan with the capacity to transmit live video images of movement across an entire town.

The airborne surveillance system consists of nine video cameras mounted on a remotely piloted aircraft, and can transmit live images to soldiers on the ground or to analysts tracking enemy movements.

USAF drones presently operational use one camera that covers an area the size of one or two buildings while the system, called Gorgon Stare, can send up to 65 different images to different users.

The surveillance system is expected to arrive in Afghanistan in about two months, reports the Washington Post.

The USAF unmanned and manned aircraft surveillance sorties across Afghanistan has more than doubled since last January, and quadrupled since the beginning of 2009.