A U.S. military official announced yesterday that Afghanistan is expected to field its own drones starting in March. Rather than the menacing armed Reapers or the plane-sized missile-carrying Predators, Afghanistan's army will fly the modest ScanEagle. At just 5 feet long and with a 10-foot wingspan, these hardy drones are launched not from runways but from truck-mounted catapults. That makes them much easier to deploy than airplanes, and when they need to come in for a landing, a specially set up sky hook will snag them out of the air. Despite only weighing 50 pounds, ScanEagles can fly for up to 24 hours, and they fly slow, cruising around 60 mph. This makes them a useful tool for watching open spaces from a lofty height of nearly 20,000 feet. Think less like a hawk, more like a vulture.