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Ukraine Startup Building Drones with Grenade Launchers

Monday, August 27, 2018   (0 Comments)

By: Patrick Tucker  |  August 20, 2018  |  Defense One

A Ukrainian company called Matrix UAV has developed a small drone called the Demon that can carry guns, explosives, or a rocket-propelled grenade for use against armored vehicles.

Ukrainian engineer and Matrix founder Yuriy Kasyanov posted a video of the prototype drone to his Facebook page on Friday.

“Armed with a grenade launcher, the unit is designed to inflict sudden, precise strikes on armored vehicles, fire points, air defense equipment, and enemy headquarters at a distance of up to 10 kilometers,” Kasyanov says in the post.

He goes on to detail how a kamikaze variant of the Demon could strike up to 20 kilometers away, diving on its target with a 7-kilogram bomb — or up to 90 kilometers out with a 4-kilogram payload.  

But the Ukrainians are not the only one with newly armed drones. The Russian Defense Ministry is arming  intelligence- surveillance-reconnaissance drones, such as the Orion A and the Altair MALE. Unlike Ukraine, they’ve had the opportunity to test drones, like the easily weaponizable Forpost, in other battlefields — like Syria.

Russia also brings highly advanced electronic warfare, or EW, capabilities to its drone game. In the early days of the conflict, Ukranian commanders complained that Russian forces could readily jam the drones sent to find them — while using their own drones successfully for the same purpose. It’s unclear how that situation has improved for the Ukrainians.  READ MORE...

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