Is it a Chook? Is it a Drone?
A February 2018 patent filed with the Russian Federal Service for Mental Property recommend that Russian arms maker Almaz-Antey has invented a flying drone that encompasses a rifle harking back to Kalashnikov’s iconic AK-47.
Particulars are predictably sparse: a collection of pictures present a particularly rudimentary design, that includes a middle fuselage with a built-in rifle part and a plane-like wing design — but it surely evokes a terrifying imaginative and prescient of the way forward for warfare by which small, expendable drones can pepper enemy troops with small-arms fireplace.
A Actual Headscratcher
What’s not clear in any respect is how the drone is powered. The pictures present no clear methodology of propulsion, motor or rotors.
It’s additionally not solely clear what firearm the weird contraption options. C4isrnet suggests it’s a Vepr 12 shotgun, a variant of the AK rifle collection. Enterprise Insider suggests it’s a “utterly commonplace Kalashnikov rifle, with a regular banana-shaped journal that extends conspicuously from the underside of the airframe.”
After which there may be the query of how lengthy the drone may maintain itself mid-flight or what sort of journal it may maintain. Enterprise Insider factors out that “every drone gun seemingly wouldn’t maintain greater than 30 rounds.”
In February, Kalashnikov unveiled a small drone that’s meant to destroy distant floor targets from a distance of as much as 40 miles (64 km) away — by blowing itself up like a suicide bomber.
Belarus army forces additionally confirmed off a quadcopter drone that may carry a tank-killing rocket launcher, Common Mechanics reported in June 2018.