A new loitering munition ‘KUB-BLA’ produced by Kalashnikov Group will be handed over to the Russian Army by the end of this year.
The KUB-BLA loitering munition was developed by ZALA Aero, part of Kalashnikov. It cleared state tests in November 2021. Serial delivery of KUB-BLA to the Russian troops is planned to take place this year, Interfax has reported.
Military expert Rob Lee has posted images of KUB-BLA in use by the Russians in Ukraine since March. A number of them have reportedly been shot down.
Head of Rostec Sergey Chemezov has previously said that the attack drones produced by Kalashnikov were tested in Syria.
KUB-BLA is designed to destroy remote ground targets. A drone with a payload of about 3kg is capable of flying for up to 30 minutes at a speed of 80-130kmph, delivering a charge to the target, regardless of its stealth and terrain. The complex’s dimensions are 1210*950*165 mm.
KUB-BLA delivers special load to the manually set target coordinates or to the image from the guidance target load.