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IDEX 2021: Armenian loitering munitions take a bow

22nd February 2021 - 16:31 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Abu Dhabi

Fixed-wing drone and pentacopter can be armed with high-explosive or high-explosive antitank warheads.

The Armenian defence industry showcased new loitering munitions for the first time during the IDEX 2021 exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

Privately owned company Pride Systems exhibited two models of its own design at the show: a fixed-wing drone with variable-sweep wings and a pentacopter (pictured).

Both compact drones can be equipped with high-explosive or high-explosive antitank warheads; Shephard understands they are ready for serial production.

The drone is built with a tandem aerodynamic design and is launched from a tube using a rocket booster. Its cruising speed is 140km/h, while changing the sweep of the wings enables it to reach …

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