The breakthrough comes from FPSRussia, a YouTube video series focusing on the efforts of an engaging, English-speaking host to shoot, smash or destroy things in interesting ways.
"Charlene" carries a modified submachine gun, 100 rounds of ammunition and flies as high as 1,300 feet and as fast as 30 miles per hour, according to the video.
It also carries a camera that broadcasts a picture of "everything the quad-rotor sees" to a tablet computer/controller on the ground.
"You see everything that the quad-rotor sees so you get a bird's eye view of what's in front of you. And Once you see what's in front of you…maybe you don't want it in front of you anymore," Dmitri narrates ominously.
Charlene, which maneuvers neatly, looks easy to control and shoots accurately, at least at short range, is "the weapon of the future" for armies that need to get "around and above" a highly mobile enemy, according to FPSRussia.
During the demo, FPS blows away a group of manikins on a nearby hill, peers in a (false) window to execute a table of manikins playing poker with containers of gasoline resting casually by their sides (because blowing up gasoline is a lot more exciting than shooting up manikins).
So is shooting up old cars and then blowing them up using the drone quadcopter like a Kamikaze.
"This baby is equipped with a self-destruct payload with a 15-foot blast radius," the peppy pyromaniac hosting the video says just before flying Charlene in the blown-out back window of a "borrowed" car and setting it off. "As much as it pays me, I'm going to blow this thing up."
Clearly the time of the quad-rotor remote-controlled drone has come. The only questions are: Come for whom and to do what?