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Russia builds drone equipped with a shotgun

By T.K. Randall
April 3, 2019 · Comment icon 7 comments

This is one terrifying piece of equipment. Image Credit: YouTube / S B
A weaponized drone designed to intercept and shoot down enemy drones has been developed in Russia.
The unnerving contraption, which has been patented by Russian defense contractor Almaz Antey, was put together by a team at the Moscow Aviation Institute.

The drone is an adaptation of the type of unmanned aerial vehicle used by mining companies to survey pipelines and is capable of flying around like a small plane for up to 40 minutes at a time.

The one big difference is its fully-automatic Vepr-12 shotgun and 10-round magazine.
According to reports, the drone is controlled by an operator wearing a special visor who sees a live video feed from the front of the device. Its designers decided to opt for a shotgun rather than a pistol or rifle due to the fact that the wider dispersal pattern makes enemy targets easier to hit.

Although the drone is not currently in active service, its mere existence demonstrates that Russia is pretty serious about securing its airspace against encroaching enemy drones.

Suffice to say, this is definitely not something that you'd ever want to see flying in your direction.



Source: Engadget | Comments (7)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by aztek 5 years ago
lol, we had a kid build a drone armed with a gun about 5 years ago or more, way to go Russia, skolkovo pays off, lol
Comment icon #2 Posted by OverSword 5 years ago
 
Comment icon #3 Posted by toast 5 years ago
SkyNet en route.
Comment icon #4 Posted by AllPossible 5 years ago
10 round fully automatic clip? That will go fast. So if it misses then it will just kamikaze itself into the target drone.
Comment icon #5 Posted by aztek 5 years ago
or fly above it and throw a light net that will stop\entangle  props, drone down.  helicopters crashed before due to a piece of tarp throw in the air by the rotor down wash, and warping on tail rotor.
Comment icon #6 Posted by marsman 5 years ago
whats the fuss about?.....some time ago a drone was fitted with a machine gun    
Comment icon #7 Posted by Aardvark-DK 5 years ago
Hope the drone is really heavy, or else it will loose all forward momentum, when firing the shots...a bit like an A-10 firing its main gun, just...a little bit different...


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