The US military is testing drones equipped with 40mm grenade launchers
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The US military is testing experimental Cerberus GL drones equipped with 40mm grenade launchers – the drone devices were developed by the Australian company Skyborne Technologies, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The drone, armed with three 40mm projectiles, weighs about 6.35 kg, has a flight time of 28 minutes and a range of about 3.22 km, significantly exceeding the range of the M320 grenade launcher (~ 400 m) .
Cerberus drones with onboard grenade launchers are designed to replace the XM25, a semi-automatic grenade launcher designed to hit the enemy live behind behind obstacles, trees and temporary shelters. The XM25 project was frozen in 2018.
Development was repeatedly halted due to lack of funding and the cost of ammunition proved too high. Supplying a Cerberus grenade launcher is far from the only proposal. In 2018, the US military thought to equip drones with a lightweight M72 anti-tank grenade launcher that proved itself during the Vietnam War.
The idea then was to shoot at the entrenched foe from high up – almost at a 90-degree angle. The choice made on the M72 is far from accidental – about 100,000 of these ammunition are stored in US warehouses.
Currently, Americans are only exploring the right options. The decision to arm Cerberus will be taken no earlier than 2020.
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