The Russian company that changed warfare with the AK-47 has unveiled a new smart weapon – an unmanned combat aerial system – The Washington Post reported.
The low priced, efficient, and deadly weapon is "a step toward a completely new form of combat," according to chairman of Russia's state-owned Rostec arms manufacturer Sergey Chemezov, per the Post.
The drone, also known as the KUB, is "roughly the size of a coffee table that can be guided to explode on a target 40 miles away," the Post reported.
The low price could make it readily available and be a great equalizer – potentially for terrorists, too – as the target market is "smaller armies, according to an anonymous Post source.
"I think of it as democratizing smart bombs," University of Illinois professor Nicholas Grossman, author of "Drones and Terrorism," told the Post. "It means disseminating smart bombs more widely. This would shrink the gap between the most advanced militaries and the smaller ones.
". . . This will definitely enhance the capabilities of various state and nonstate actors, but it's not something that can't be countered . . . I'm quite nervous of the capabilities being unleashed without knowing where it will lead."
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