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Kamikaze drones offer a relatively low-cost form of air support for ground troops who do not have the backing of manned fighter bombers. Footage posted on Youtube on April 4 by a pro-Azerbaijan group shows the drone in the air before sharply diving toward an apparent target below.
It disappears behind a ridge and the video does not show it striking its target.
Azerbaijan is one of the three countries known to use Harop drones, alongside Israel and India.
Fighting periodically breaks out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, a self-declared Armenian republic that lies within the internationally recognised borders of Azerbaijan.
One of the drone models used by Russia is to be modified to be used as a kamikaze, Russian media said. Such drones can be used to suppress enemy air defenses or to provide tactical-level air support to units in the field. The project is based on a model already in use, the source added, refraining to provide further details.
originally posted by: awareness10
hmm... so This is what the Israeli Gov have been using the United States Taxpayers money on.
I'm surprised by nothing anymore...
5.8 Million Israelis Get 100 Billion In US Tax Dollars While American States Are Falling Apart
Harop is a loitering munition (LM) system developed in Israel by the MBT missiles division of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The unmanned combat aerial vehicle is also known as the Harpy-2 loitering munitions missile. The drone loiters over the battlefield and attacks the targets by self-destructing into them.
The Harop has been developed to perform suppression of enemy air defence (SEAD) operations. The munition system measures 2m in length and has a wingspan of 3m.
The Harop system consists of the munition units, transportable launchers and a mission control shelter, which provides real-time access to control the Harop by a man-in-the-loop.
Unlike other UCAVs that carry explosive warheads, the Harop itself is the main munition. The munition system engagements can be approved or the attacks can be aborted using the controller.
The Harop missiles can be launched from various transportable platforms including sea and ground based canisters or air launched to navigate towards the potential target area. It can be launched at any angle, at a horizontal or vertical trajectory. The sealed container ensures it copes with harsh battlefield conditions. The launcher has a fuelling system to provide all-time readiness.
AeroVironment is particularly coy about divulging Switchblade's cost. Estimates range from $40,000 per unit to as high as $150,000, though. My own estimate implies a unit cost of at least $70,000, and perhaps more.
Last week, AeroVironment confirmed that the Navy intends to deploy its new Blackwing unmanned aircraft system (so new that it doesn't even show up on AV's website) across its fleet of both manned, and unmanned, submarines. And it's important to distinguish this announcement from the constant stream of "technology demonstrations" that come out of the military-industrial complex.
This isn't that. This is an actual deployment.