A UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) developed by Sikorsky. It basically consists of a donut-shaped engine (with rotary blades) with a little camera attached a few feet above it. The Cypher project has really been a black project and will probably continue to be for a while, but its tests have gone quite well. The Cypher can be remote-controlled, or even automated. The images captured by Cypher's camera are relayed to a computer that is managed by a distant specialist, and perhaps various options can be accessed from that laptop, such as NV or IR vision.
Although there are many other UAV drones that have already been deployed into the legitimate battlefield, the Cypher should still be an excellent tool for reconaissance.
"The Cypher was popularized in Metal Gear Solid 2. But let's see how much more popular it becomes in real-life."
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