Because what could possibly go wrong with a drone capable of firing a fully-automatic shotgun? Oh, Russia.
And it’s apparently not even an April Fools’ joke, according to Russian defence site, Dambiev. They suggest a patent for the “unmanned aerial interceptor vehicle” was registered in March, but only a demonstration version actually exists at present. Yay? It was developed by the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defence Corporation.
The drone is controlled remotely, via video link through a fancy visor, allowing the operator to both fly the drone and aim the weapon from a distance. A shotgun was chosen because of the wide dispersal pattern of the shot. Specifically, they chose the 12 gauge Vepr-12 shotgun, which has a 10 round magazine, and, fun fact, was patterned after the Kalashnikov. The drone itself is capable of menacing the skies for 40 minutes before needing a rest.
This isn’t the only drone-hunter in Russia’s ever-expanding flock; the Karnivor is already in testing, and it’s packing shock nets, frag grenades, and anti-tank bombs. It makes this new shotgun drone look like 4DX Duck Hunter.