UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. Marine Corps’ latest weapon is an army of quadcopter drones.

The Marine Corps said that they recently began issuing small, unmanned quadcopters to every infantry squad.

These quadcopters can be used for reconnaissance before amphibious assaults to gauge conditions on the beach and determine enemy positions.

They can also be used to collect mapping data to essential prepare them for different scenarios to hypothetical situations.

Late last year, the the Corps purchased 800 of the drones, which are now being rapidly sent out to units at rate of about 200 a week.

Marines are the first and so far the only branch in the U.S. armed forces, apart from the Special Operations Command, to provide drones to soldiers on the ground at such a low level.