Defense journalist Steven Trimble caught the attention of aviation nerds and gun aficionados alike with the discovery of a patent for what appears to be a simple AK-47 drone filed by Russian arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey last year. Trimble took to Twitter with his discovery, pointing out that the rifle in the image does look quite a bit like a barely modified AK platform.
Russian air defense manufacturer Almaz-Antey last year patented a small UAV built around what looks like a 7.62mm Kalashnikov rifle. pic.twitter.com/fq7TNGn7eW
— Steve Trimble (@TheDEWLine) March 12, 2019
Subsequent images of the drone in question, acquired from the patent filed with Russia’s Institute of Industrial Property, support the assertion that this drone was built to house an off-the-shelf-looking Kalashnikov 7.62x39mm assault rifle. It also seems to lack any obvious means of propulsion, begging a number of questions about how