Russia’s Defence Ministry in Talks with Kalashnikov Group to Supply Troops with ‘Kamikaze’ Drones
MOSCOW, the Russian Federation (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Russia’s Ministry of Defence and the largest local arms manufacturing company Kalashnikov Group are discussing possible deliveries to the troops of the latest unmanned combat aerial system KUB-UAV. This was confirmed by Rostec’s Conventional Armament, Ammunition and Special Chemistry Cluster Industrial Director, Sergei Abramov, when responding to a question by Russia’s state media, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Today, in an interview, the industrial director at Rostec, part of which is Kalashnikov Group, noted that the new exploding drone KUB-UAV attracted the interest of many foreign customers, with the corporation expecting the Russian Defence Ministry to be interested in it, as well. He replied in the affirmative when was asked whether Russia’s Ministry of Defence is in talks with the Kalashnikov Group on the deliveries of the latest suicide drone for the armed forces.
“This is an effective and cheap product to destroy small-size targets on the ground: lightly-armored hardware, fortifications and other targets,” he specified.
The KUB-UAV precision strike drone was displayed for the first time by Kalashnikov Group this month in Abu Dhabi, at the defense exhibition IDEX 2019.
The KUB-UAV is a detonating drone, elaborated and manufactured by Kalashnikov Group’s subsidiary – the Izhevsk-based Zala Aero. The dimensions of the so-called ‘kamikaze’ drone are 1,210x950x165mm. It is capable to develop a speed of 80-130 km/h and can fly for 30 minutes, with a maximum payload of 3 kg.
When it is launched, the drone can fly to detect a target and when this happens, it attacks the target from the upper hemisphere through the vertical trajectory. These characteristics allow the KUB-UAV to strike tanks on the battlefield from the upper hemisphere, piercing the turret that has minimum armor at the top.
Previously, Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov stated that usually, the air defense systems had difficulties when they tried to counteract the new precision drone and thus he defined it as a step toward absolutely new warfare.
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