Military drones have been around for some time now and while we mostly imagine drones in wartime as surveillance tools or in some cases instruments used in precision, hit an enemy force, Russia is developing drones that are essentially only Weapons with wings. If it sounds a little silly, just wait until you see it going.
In a video demonstration, such a drone is shown carrying a semi-automatic shotgun with 12 gauge that shoots at airborne targets as it goes quickly over the head of its handle. The drone that Tom's Guide notes is being developed by the Russian state-owned arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey, can get some remarkable results.
As you can see in the video, drone does not need a runway or any external propulsion to get it started. It is capable of vertical launch, which means it can be used almost anywhere, and builders claim it can fly for about 40 minutes before it needs to stop recharging.
19659002] What is particularly neat (or frightening) about this drone is that its navigation software makes it possible to make on-the-fly adjustments, as it whips its target with shotgun rounds. Its engineers say it will "continue to move behind the object" if it doesn't seem to get a good shot at it, relentlessly chasing its target until it's defeated.
It has an advanced stabilization system built-in that allows it to remain stable while firing its primary weapon, which is quite fulfilling. Shooting a 12-gauge shotgun gives a significant decline, but the drone is able to handle it without much problem.
Of course, with such a short flight time and relatively short arms weapons, it is not the kind of drone that would be used in long-distance conflicts. However, in matches that take place at shorter distances, it can be a useful tool that mimics the effectiveness of a human's soldiers while flying.