Partner 2019: New armed quadcopter with M80 anti-tank unguided rockets
Serbian Industry in collaboration with the Technical Institute of the Serbian Army presents a new armed drone based on a quadcopter armed with anti-tank rocket launchers at Partner 2019, the International Fair of Armament and Defense Equipment exhibition in Serbia, Belgrade.
New armed quadcopter with four M80 anti-tank unguided rocket at Partner 2019, International Fair of Armament and Defense Equipment exhibition in Belgrade, Serbia. June 25, 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)
The new armed quadcopter is fully designed and manufactured in Serbia as well as the armament that includes four anti-tank rocket launchers M80 that can be used to destroy light tactical or armored vehicles from the air. A quadcopter is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is lifted and propelled by four rotors. Quadcopters are classified as rotorcraft, as opposed to fixed-wing aircraft, because their lift is generated by a set of rotors (vertically oriented propellers).
The Serbian-made quadcopter is a new project, it has already performed a flying test, but not test has been conducted with the weapon system. This UAV is electrically powered by four electrical DC motors and has a maximum flying time of 20 minutes. It has an empty weight of 35 kg and 107 kg with the batteries. It can fly at a maximum altitude of 2,000 m with a maximum range of 6 km.
The armed quadcopter is equipped with different types of sighting and observation devices including daylight CCD camera with continuous optical zoom 30x, a thermovision camera with digital zoom 4x and laser rangefinder with a range up to 2 km.
The armament of the quadcopter includes four anti-tank unguided rocket M80 64mm caliber which has a maximum firing range. The 64 mm RBR M80 unit consists of two components, the launcher tube and the rocket projectile with a shaped-charge warhead.
The HEAT warhead of the M80 is able to destroy of lightly/medium armored vehicles and fortified targets on the modern battlefield, excluding only the forward arc of modern MBT and extremely highly reinforced field fortifications, bunkers and buildings. The recent development of new types of warheads provides for enhanced efficiency against personnel in field fortifications and reinforced bunkers and buildings.