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A new drone, “Dragonfly,” designed to search for improvised explosive devices, is being tested in Russia.

A new drone, “Dragonfly,” designed to search for improvised explosive devices, is being tested in Russia.

The Russian military has begun testing a new engineering reconnaissance system based on a quadcopter. Other Russian law enforcement agencies also became interested in the development, called “Dragonfly”. This was announced by Alexander Kalinin, leading product specialist of the development company JSC "Zashchita Group-UTTA".

The drone developed by the company is designed to detect explosive devices, including homemade ones. It is capable of detecting electronics included in the IED. He does this using a special locator. In addition, the copter can carry a TNT block to remotely detonate detected devices. According to the developers, the complex is based on a quadcopter; it detects explosive devices from a height of up to 30 meters and can remain in the air for up to one hour.

At the moment, comprehensive testing of the product is underway, and representatives of various law enforcement agencies want to adjust the drone to their own needs. In addition, work is underway to increase the flight range of the Dragonfly.

The product is tested under conditions close to real operating conditions. (...) At the moment, samples of this product have been tested by the Ministry of Defense, the Russian National Guard and a number of other law enforcement agencies. Positive reviews

- leads TASS Kalinin's words.

It is worth noting that in 2017, it was reported that testing in Syria of a compact robotic engineering reconnaissance complex “Dragonfly”, equipped with a non-linear radar, a video camera and a GPS module, designed to search for mines and improvised explosive devices. The drone took off from the armored car and automatically searched for laid mines. Apparently, it was never accepted into service.
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  1. Irokez
    Irokez 18 October 2023 08: 06
    How the war stimulated the development of technology.
    Until the rooster pecks...
    Well, better late than never. Soon, copters will deliver food to order through balconies to the upper floors and deliver mail.
    1. Kotofeich
      Kotofeich 18 October 2023 08: 19
      Quote: Irokez
      How the war stimulated the development of technology.

      Demand creates supply. The hook on my Ikea hanger broke. It is not possible to buy. But it turns out that ours are churning out dozens of them on 3D printers. good Price - "3 kopecks".
      1. EvilCommunist
        EvilCommunist 18 October 2023 08: 30
        Or you can take a Chinese one for 1 kopeck. and become a drug addict
      2. Irokez
        Irokez 18 October 2023 09: 16
        Quote: Kotofeich
        Price - "3 kopecks".

        It can’t be - it’s supposed to be 30 rubles*
  2. Vita vko
    Vita vko 18 October 2023 08: 31
    It’s a cool idea to install a nonlinear locator on a UAV. But the phased array antenna with beam scanning is expensive and without a guarantee, there are too many mines without semiconductors with simple mechanical fuses.
    Now, if it were possible to install an X-ray locator on the UAV, like at train stations and airports, then it would really be possible to identify any explosive using a spectrum analyzer.
  3. Boa kaa
    Boa kaa 18 October 2023 17: 54
    This is certainly better than NOTHING!
    BUT! How will it detect push-fuze mines if they have no electronics? What about homemade IEDs with a mercury fuse that closes the contacts when the position of the mine changes? Or at least the same “Petal” mines? And a laser analyzer in the DB zone will not help: everything around will be “phoning” - from the explosives of previously blown up BP.
    What remains is a dog, a pig, a rat and a man! The first three will use their sense of smell, and the miner will detect and neutralize mines with their brains.