United States military officials were busy showing off their brand new fleet of drones this week, as scientists finally finished developing mini drones, which would be able to detect sub activity and still be as small as an insect. They’re called Cicada or Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft.

The find is an interesting one that pushes the limits of what scientists previously had perceived as the limit in terms of creating a tiny robotic flier. Now though, it would appear as though U.S. military scientists have successfully put together an impressive lineup of drones that would be capable of doing a lot, while remaining under the radar.

Aaron Kahn of the Naval Research Laboratory pointed out, “The idea was why can’t we make UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that have the same sort of profile?” He went on to point out that in the future, “We will put so many out there, it will be impossible for the enemy to pick them all up.”

Ultimately, this is about combining nature and technology in harmony, rather than creating something large and intrusive. This is created to fly under the radar and it will without any question now that the scientists have come up with the right combination of technology and application to bring Cicada into the fold.

Daniel Edwards of the Naval Research Laboratory said, “It looks like a bird flying down.” He went on to point out that, “They are robotic carrier pigeons. You tell them where to go, and they will go there,” and added that, “They’ve flown through trees. They’ve hit asphalt runways. They have tumbled in gravel. They’ve had sand in them. They only thing that we found that killed them was desert shrubbery.”

However, as Kahn went on to point out – it’s much more than simply that. He said, “You equip these with a microphone or a seismic detector, drop them on that road, and it will tell you ‘I heard a truck or a car travel along that road.’ You know how fast and which direction they’re traveling,” explaining how versatile these drones would be for the military in places where traditional aircraft simply can’t reach. Right now it’s unclear how soon this will be implemented, but it’s clearly something that will help with a host of missions a great deal.