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Russia claims to have developed AI-based aiming system for kamikaze drone

25th August 2023 - 10:05 GMT | by Sam Cranny-Evans in London


Russian forces in Ukraine are making increasing use of 'kamikaze' drones, small multicopters fitted with explosive payloads. (Photo: Russian MoD)

The designer of the Gadfly FPV kamikaze drone claims to have integrated an AI-based aiming system that uses a neural network to identify targets.

A Russian company manufacturing the Gadfly first-person-view (FPV) kamikaze drone has developed an AI-based aiming system for the UAV, according to an interview with its designer, Andrey Ivanov, published by RIA Novosti on 14 August.

The aiming system employs a neural network to analyse, identify and assist in attacking both stationary and mobile targets with an accuracy rate of 90%, Ivanov said. 

A video released with the article showed the FPV perspective from the drone with bounding boxes around moving trucks, stationary targets in wooded cover and other airborne drones.

The modified Gadfly has completed multiple tests on training grounds

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