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Russia's Kalashnikov Has Developed One Man 'Flying Car'

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Russian artist Salavat Shcherbakov's memorial in honor of the Soviet weapons designer Mikhail Kalashnikov in Moscow (Thomas K'rbel/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017 05:57 PM

Russian defense manufacturer Kalashnikov has reportedly unveiled a one-manned "flying car."

According to Popular Mechanics, the car is operated by 16 sets of rotors with a gridlike structure, and is powered by electricity and controlled with two joysticks. The final product will potentially be covered by a white shell.

Kalashnikov is part of Russian defense firm Rostec and develops military small arms such as AK-47s and sniper rifles, A.I. driven robots and autonomous weapons, neural network-based weapon systems, and guided artillery rounds, Defense News reported.

Online outlet Russia Today reported Kalashnikov has not said if the vehicle will primarily be use by civilians, the military, or both.

According to Defense News, the flying car's electric engine weighs less than a petroleum diesel engine and is unlikely able to fly more than a half-hour before its batteries are exhausted — limiting its operational capabilities.

The news outlet previously reported on a flying car produced by French company Valyon, and designed to move quietly toward targets while airborne.

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