Kalashnikov changed the world with its AK-47 assault rifle, known for being reliable, cheap, and widely available. Now the company introduces the KUB-UAV, a "suicide drone" that boasts similar benefits, yielding “a step toward a completely new form of combat.”
From the Washington Post:
The KUB is four feet wide, can fly for 30 minutes at a speed of 80 mph and carries six pounds of explosives, the news release says. That makes it roughly the size of a coffee table that can be guided to explode on a target 40 miles away—the equivalent of a “small, slow and presumably inexpensive cruise missile,” according to a report by the National Interest website.
"I think of it as democratizing smart bombs," Nicholas Grossman, a University of Illinois professor of international relations and author of a book called 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."