Russia’s Shotgun-Wielding Drone

One of Russia’s largest defense contractors has received a patent for, of all things, a shotgun-wielding flying drone. A video uploaded to YouTube shows the drone, which sounds like a chainsaw, blowing away flying targets before making a landing.

The drone was patented by Russian defense manufacturer JSC Almaz Antey, according to Dambiev, a Russian defense blog. Almaz Antey is responsible for some of Moscow’s most advanced weapons, including 40N6 missiles for the S-400 “Triumf” long range surface-to-air missile system, one of the most advanced missile systems in the world.

Work on the 50-pound drone began in 2016 and was carried out on behalf of Almaz Antey by the Student Design Bureau of Aviation Modeling at the Moscow Aviation Institute. With a flight time of 40 minutes, the drone is controlled by an operator wearing a visor who aims the shotgun through a live video link and sighting system. While it may look like nothing more than a R/C airplane with a shotgun installed, one has to remember that all non-autonomous drones are basically scaled-up remote controlled airplanes, ships, and tanks.