Why did the US banned switchblades

With kamikaze drones or guided ammunition, warfare and terror will change

Kalashnikov also introduces a cheap and easy-to-use kamikaze drone. As the drones continue to shrink, things will soon get really uncomfortable

Even though IS has already used small drones with explosives in Syria and Iraq to attack people or vehicles, dangerous terrorist attacks or criminal use of armed mini-drones have so far failed to materialize. However, the converted IS drones have made the potential danger clear and intensified the search for security precautions and drone defense systems to protect people, events, buildings or infrastructure.

There was trouble with drones at Gatwick Airport in December 2018, which was closed for two days. Before that, the Venezuelan President Maduro was the target of drones loaded with explosives during a military parade at the beginning of August 2018, but the attack failed (drone attack on Maduro).

There are plenty of murderous uses for armed drones or drones equipped with explosives, possibly also with biological, chemical or nuclear panic weapons (mini drones: ideal weapons for attacks and murders). The simplest and most effective would be drones, which could replace human suicide bombers and pounce on a target at high speed.

A video by the organization Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, which campaigns for a ban on combat drones, presented a horror scenario two years ago. The "Slaughterbots" video advertises tiny autonomous precision drones the size of insects that identify their victims through facial recognition, then pounce on their heads and kill them with a small amount of explosives. They can be used in swarms and can also invade homes.

Harop and Switchblade drones

Such kamikaze drones or guided weapons (loitering ammunition) have been developed for a long time (autonomous systems: ammunition that seeks and destroys its target). The US military is said to have already used Switchblade micro-drones weighing 2 kg in Afghanistan. By merging ammunition with a remote-controlled drone equipped with cameras and a quiet electric motor, a person can be killed or a smaller object damaged in a targeted manner within a range of 10 km. The drone or ammunition is aimed at a target at high speed, with a small explosive charge being discharged. The whole system, including the drone, controls and launcher, weighs just 5.5 kg and can be transported by a soldier. Presumably it was the model for the "Slaughterbots" video, which was only fictitiously reduced in size.

The Harop drone, manufactured by Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) since 2009, is said to have been used for the first time by Azerbaijan in Nagorni Karabakh in 2016. Loaded with over 20 kg of explosives, she is said to have killed 7 Armenian soldiers in a bus on which she was thrown. The 2.5 meter long drone, which the Bundeswehr also acquired, has a range of 1000 km and can fly automatically or remotely for 5 hours.

Polish companies are developing the Bee System, i.e. combat Mindi drones (quadrocopter) with a size of 47 cm that fly 2 km and half an hour, have a weight of 1.3 kg and a load of 700 grams, for example in the form of Explosives, can take with you.

High-precision combat drone

Now Zala Aero from the Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov, manufacturer of the infamous AK-47 assault rifle, has also presented a kamikaze drone at the "IDEX 2019" armaments fair in Abu Dhabi. The KUB UAV is touted as a "high-precision" combat drone capable of hitting and destroying targets up to 50 km away, and changing warfare.

Sergei Chemezow said in a press release from the company that it was a very effective weapon that could hardly be fought with conventional air defense systems. The "intelligent" drone can fly at a speed of 130 km / h and stay in the air for half an hour. It is very quiet, almost inaudible, and can be loaded with 3 kg of explosives or ammunition. However, the drone with a length of 95 cm and a span of 121 cm is correspondingly large.

There is great interest from abroad, Kalashnikov also hopes that the Russian Defense Ministry will buy the guided ammunition. Chemezow emphasizes that smaller targets on the ground such as fortifications, lightly protected hardware and other targets, i.e. people, can be destroyed or killed. It is particularly emphasized that the drones are cheap and easy to use.

It is high time for Russia, after all, the Russian bases in Khmeimim and Tartus, Syria, were allegedly attacked in January by swarms of self-made combat drones made from widely available parts, each equipped with 400 g of explosives. The Russian Defense Ministry claims to have shot down most of the drones and captured and landed the rest. So you couldn't have done anything.

The Russians could have found out who started the drones. The responsible group in Idlib was destroyed with precision grenades, reported the military. The Russian military quickly cast suspicion on the United States, which cooperated with the Syrian militia in the attack and controlled it from a distance from a US Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft. The plane was in the air nearby at the time. In October, the Russian military reiterated the indictment, suspecting that the Americans wanted to use it to scout the Russian air defense system and would have carried out a "radio-electronic reconnaissance of the electronic defense systems" as soon as they were activated by the drones in order to find "holes", through which the drones can be controlled. (Florian Rötzer)

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