Authorities in Russia have approved the KUB-E kamikaze drone from the Kalashnikov Group for export.
“The Kalashnikov Group, together with Rosoboronexport, is ready to start promoting the KUB [unmanned aerial vehicle] on the international market,” the state-run manufacturer said in a statement. “It should be noted that this drone already has a successful experience of combat use, confirmed in real conditions.”
The KUB-E kamikaze drone
The KUB-E kamikaze drone has been tested successfully in strikes against targets in Idlib, Syria in December 2021.
The Russian army is expected to receive the first batch of KUB-E kamikaze drones this year.
The KUB-E kamikaze drone was first exhibited at the IDEX-2019 international exhibition in Abu Dhabi where it received significant attention from international military delegations.
Zala Aero, part of the Kalashnikov Group, was responsible for developing the KUB-E kamikaze drone.
The KUB-E kamikaze drone is reportedly small and silent due to its electric motor. The fixed-wing drone can carry a payload of up to 3 kilograms (6.5 pounds).
The drone can be flown low to the ground to avoid traditional air defense radar systems and has a flight time of 30 minutes which should give the unmanned aircraft a significant range since a return to home flight will not be necessary.
Together with the KUB-E kamikaze drone, Zala Aero worked on developing a special launch installation that can send up to 15 kamikaze drones in the air at once.
The kamikaze drone can be launched from boats and can reach speeds of up to 80 miles per hour. The drone is suitable for conducting strikes against infrastructure facilities and lightly-armored targets the company says.
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