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A Serbian tech startup has created a kamikaze drone that can replace a mortar on the battlefield

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar29,2024

Serbian technology startup has created a kamikaze drone that can replace a mortar on the battlefield

Serbian company PR-DC has successfully tested a Mantis combat drone equipped with a 120mm projectile. Defense Express analysts believe that in Ukraine it would be possible to create its analogue for the needs of the Armed Forces. The Mantis kamikaze drone weighs 40 kg, the flight range is to 15 km. The ammunition is fully inserted into the UAV body, and the detonator is brought out. The device is compact — it can be carried by an operator who works with a drone.

Analysts assume that the stated characteristics of the drone would allow the Armed Forces of Ukraine to effectively repulse infantry assaults of the Russian invaders. They also note that in in some cases Mantis could become a worthy replacement for the classic mortar on the battlefield, or even be more effective than it.

According to experts, the Mantis drone is still  has to go through a series of modifications before it hits the market. However, the very idea of ​​creating a similar UAV-carrier for a 120-mm projectile could be adopted by Ukrainian engineers and designers. Observers write: in war conditions, Ukrainian developers would sooner cope with   running in» devices and would organize mass production faster than Serbian colleagues.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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