The Kalashnikov Concern (which is a part of Rostec) presented its news unmanned aerial vehicle – the KUB-BLA aerial kamikaze drone, at the International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment “IDEX-2019” in Abu Dhabi.
“This drone has successfully passed trials and is ready for use”, the company’s press service told reporters.
“KUB-BLA” is designed to destroy remote ground targets. The unmanned aerial vehicle delivers a special load on the coordinates of the target, which are set manually or can be acquired automatically through an image. It is also capable of self-exploding when it reaches a target
“This complex is a step towards completely new combat operations. We are confidently staying in the forefront among the countries-producers of such weapons,” said Sergey Chemezov, Rostec CEO.
The kamikaze drone may travel at speeds from 80 to 130 kilometers (50-80 miles) per hour, with a payload about three kilograms (6.6 pounds) and a flight duration of up to 30 minutes. Its dimensions are 1210*950*165 mm.
“The ZALA AERO Group of the Kalashnikov concern developed the drone. “the leading Russian developer and manufacturer of unmanned air systems, unique target loads and other technical means to ensure their use. Since January 2015, ZALA AERO has become one of the group of companies in the Kalashnikov Concern.”
"Калашников" создал и успешно испытал беспилотник-камикадзе KYB, способный к самоподрыву при приближении к цели
Дрон-камикадзе может развивать скорость от 80 до 130 километров в час, с полезной нагрузкой около трех килограммов и продолжительностью полета до 30 минут pic.twitter.com/MbELPEf6Qb
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Sputnik reported that the director general of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev noted that Russia had started supplying Kalashnikov AK103 third generation assault rifles to Saudi Arabia under a contract signed between the two countries in 2017.
”We have signed and are now implementing a contract on the supplies of Kalashnikov assault rifles. The next stage will be the launch of production of the assault rifle for the needs of third countries as well as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, Mikheev told reporters.
The director general noted that the two countries would soon agree on a project over the joint production of AK103 in Saudi Arabia.
“We will introduce this proposal to the government to implement this project. I think that there are three to four months left until the procedures of the whole project are approved”, he added.
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