British military engineers have developed a hexacopter drone for assault operations in urban environments.
The drone, called the i9, is equipped with a double-barreled stabilized shotgun and an artificial intelligence system, thanks to which it can independently determine targets. In the future, the military wants to supplement its arsenal with a small rocket or machine gun..
Six protected rotating blades allow it to fly comfortably in urban and indoor environments. As soon as the drone is indoors, it automatically locks targets, but for the attack it needs the approval of a nearby operator, who monitors its actions via live broadcast from the integrated camera.
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The developers also say that the i9 is also capable of acting as a kamikaze, ramming enemy drones on the fly..
The British Army took up this project, since in Afghanistan a significant proportion of the casualties of military personnel were during the breakthrough and assault in the urban setting..
Earlier, we also reported on the development of a system that allows soldiers to control combat vehicles with their voice..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Getty Images, The Times