An anti-riot drone equipped with pepper spray, strobe lighting and deafening audio to disperse unruly crowds has gone on the market.

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The drone is also capable of identifying and recording individuals in the crowd using FLIR thermal infrared and HD colour cameras, and controllers on the ground can use microphones to remotely broadcast instructions and warnings. Read more:

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South African company sells armed drones for crowd control

An anti-riot drone equipped with pepper spray, strobe lighting and deafening audio to disperse unruly crowds has gone on the market.

The unmanned Skunk, made by South African company Desert Wolf, has four high-pressure carbon fibre airguns each capable of firing 20 paintballs, pepper spray capsules or rubber bullets per second, "stopping any crowd in its tracks", and can carry up to 4,000 rounds at a time.

In a press release, the makers go to some lengths to reassure readers that the highest projectile firing rate will only be used in "an extreme life-threatening situation".

They said that the device had been sold to an international mining company, and could be used to help prevent another Marikana a reference to a 2012 protest in which 34 striking miners were shot dead in clashes with police.

Unveiled at a recent trade show, the Wolf is retailing for 500,000 rand (27,400).

The drone is also capable of identifying and recording individuals in the crowd using FLIR thermal infrared and HD colour cameras, and controllers on the ground can use microphones to remotely broadcast instructions and warnings.

Hennie Kieser, Desert Wolf's managing director, said that orders were already flooding in.

 

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