Aviation news analysis
50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Russia developing kamikaze drone that hits target & detonates - report

Download: Printable PDF Date: 29 May 2016 03:28 category:
Publisher:
Russia developing kamikaze drone that hits target & detonates - report - Manufacturer publisher
Krista Kuznecova
Country: Russian Federation Aircraft: Drones
Source: RT

One of the drone models used by Russia is to be modified to be used as a kamikaze, Russian media said. Such drones can be used to suppress enemy air defenses or to provide tactical-level air support to units in the field.

“A drone which would act similar to a fire ship is being developed now. It detonates after hitting a target,” a defense source told TASS.

The project is based on a model already in use, the source added, refraining to provide further details.

So-called kamikaze drones are small unmanned aircraft, which carry onboard explosives. Unlike larger drones that fire missiles at their targets, a kamikaze drone simply flies into it and sets off an explosion. The advantage is that the aircraft can be cheaper, lighter and harder to detect.

Similar weapons are being developed or are already in use in some other countries. The Pentagon has the AeroVironment Switchblade, a 2.7 kg UAV designed for infantry platoons. With a range of up to 10km and endurance of just 10 minutes, it can be used for precision strikes at covered targets, such as an enemy ambush.

Israel has Harpy and Harop, kamikaze drones produced by Israel Aerospace Industries, which are meant to destroy enemy radar stations. A small drone can approach a radar undetected close enough to avoid anti-aircraft systems. Harop was allegedly used by Azerbaijan in a recent offensive operation against its breakaway region Nagorni Karabakh to destroy command posts.



Loading comments for Russia developing kamikaze drone that hits target & detonates - report...


Recommended

VistaJet continues to innovate the aviation industry with new Avinode Marketplace integration

A faster access to VistaJet’s unparalleled service, thanks to live aircraft availability and a streamlined booking process for its broker partners ·      ...

AviationCV.com: hard lessons of the lack of pilot’s personality assessment

When it comes to finding the right pilot to fly commercial aircraft, experience in the cockpit is not enough. While aviators are now required to have at least 500 flight hours under the belt, not to m...

Prague Airport and Incheon International Airport Corporation Signed New Partnership Agreement

An extensive international partnership agreement between Prague Airport and Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), the operator of Incheon International Airport located close to Seoul, Sout...

Jet Flight Service opens New Maintenance Service Center in Riga and appoints Frantisek Budin to the position of Base Maintenance Manager

et Flight Service with its headquarter in Moscow opens New Maintenance Service Center in Riga which belongs to its strategic plan of developing their maintenance and engineering services to internatio...