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Armenia minds the gap on loitering munitions and UAVs

11th April 2022 - 18:05 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Yerevan

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The SMA A5 guided bomb arms aircraft such as the Aralez UCAV. (Photo: Leonid Nersisyan)

Indigenously developed loitering munitions and UAVs took centre stage at the recent ArmHiTec exhibition in the Armenian capital Yerevan.

Unsurprisingly, given the harsh lessons dealt out by Azerbaijan in the September-November 2020 war in Nagorno-Karabakh, autonomous technologies took centre stage at the ArmHiTec 2022 exhibition in Armenia on 31 March-2 April.

Armenian companies presented various new products, such as the mass-produced DEV-3 loitering munition from Davaro.

The layout of this drone resembles the IAI Harop (which has been used by Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh). At 2.88m, the wingspan of DEV-3 is slightly shorter than Harop and it seems to carry a smaller engine; the newer loitering munition weighs 40kg with a 10kg payload, mission endurance of 200 minutes and

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Leonid Nersisyan is a Shephard Media contributor, based in Yerevan, Armenia. 

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