The Kalashnikov Group has shown off a model of the drone, officially named the KUB-UAV, at an exhibit in Abu Dhabi. The developers said its development was “a step toward a completely new form of combat”. CEO Sergey Chemezov said: “The high-precision unmanned projectile flies up to 30 minutes at a speed of 130 km per hour.
“The charge on this complex is delivered to the target, regardless of its secrecy and terrain, both small and at high altitudes.
“This is a very accurate and most effective weapon that is very difficult to fight with using traditional air defence systems.”
It carried 80 pounds of explosives, meaning the drone can be flown into a target to destroy it.
The drone will be “very cheap”, the developers said, with “smaller armies” the target audience.
Nicholas Grossman, an international relations expert, told the Washington Post he was concerned at the trend towards this type of warfare.
He said: “I think of it as democratising smart bombs. It means disseminating smart bombs more widely.
“This would shrink the gap between the most advanced militaries and the smaller ones.
“This will definitely enhance the capabilities of various state and nonstate actors, but it’s not something that can’t be countered.
“I’m quite nervous of the capabilities being unleashed without knowing where it will lead.”
Published at Mon, 25 Feb 2019 15:05:00 +0000