Kalashnikov, a Russian manufacturing giant, has revealed a new drone that’s designed to crash into the ground and take down targets with it.
The fixed-wing drone, developed together with Zala Aero Group, has been named KUB-UAV. Kalashnikov describes the drone as a “high-precision attack unmanned aerial system.” The UAV is designed to remotely destroy ground targets by releasing a 6.6 lb. explosive payload set to specific coordinates or an imaged target.
Kalashnikov says the drone will be extremely accurate, with mute operations and hidden launches. The aircraft is designed to fly for up to 30 minutes and speeds of 50 to 80 mph. In total, the UAV measures 47 by 37 by 6.5 in. and has thus far been successful in its test runs. The company says it’s ready for use.
“The charge on this complex is delivered to the target, regardless of its secrecy and terrain, at both small and at high altitudes,” says Sergey Chemezov, CEO of corporation Rostec, which holds a majority stake in Kalashnikov, according to New Atlas. “This is a very accurate and most effective weapon that is very difficult to fight with using traditional air defense systems.”
A video of the destructing drone can be seen in action below with Zala Aero.
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