NEWSREP recently reported on a patent filed by Russian arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey in 2018 for what appeared to be a drone built around an AK-47 platform. The patent was first brought to much of the world’s attention thanks to a tweet from defense journalist Steve Trimble.
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
After examining the images that accompanied the patent, it did indeed appear the drone was built around housing the functional portion of an AK-style rifle, though, it’s important to note, the platform was not built for a 7.62x39mm rifle as we stated. An informed Twitter user by the name of Isaac Lancaster first brought it to our attention that the drone was built to carry an AK-style, semiautomatic shotgun (a Vepr-12), and new footage of the drone in action confirms his assertion.