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LANIUS Loitering Drone Munition Scouts And Maps

In his 1968 novel Invader on My Back, science fiction author Philip E. High described a loitering micro-missile in this way:

As the troops left the city, the top guns of the leading guilds took a hand, and they knew their business: weapons with curved or variating trajectories, weapons which fired around corners, micro-missiles proceeding at walking pace until within ten feet of the target.

It sounds like Elbit Systems' LANIUS fits the bill as described.

LANIUS is a highly maneuverable and versatile drone-based loitering munition, designed for short-range operation in the urban environment. The system can autonomously scout and map buildings and points of interest for possible threats, detecting, classifying and syncing to Elbit Systems’ Legion-X solutions. LANIUS can carry lethal or non-lethal payloads, capable of performing a broad spectrum of mission profiles for special forces, military, law enforcement, and HLS.

(Note: as far as I can tell, "LANIUS" is not an acronym, it's a reference to Lanius, the typical shrikes, a genus of passerine birds in the shrike family Laniidae.)

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