Israel is reportedly buying multi-rotor drones that can be armed with machine guns and grenade launchers.
Manufactured by Duke Robotics, TIKAD can be mounted with machine M4 gun, sniper SR-25, 40-millimeter grenade launcher and other weapons with a payload of about 10 kg.
“The TIKAD allows us to utilize completely new capabilities against terrorist groups and reduce the number of deployed ground troops, and therefore, the number of casualties. Instead of sending our troops to investigate a potentially dangerous location, the TIKAD can be deployed while the troops control it remotely,” according to the company website.
The TIKAD can be deployed above water and ends with a minimum risk situation. Until now, troops had to be there to investigate. It is designed with a lightweight, real-time 6 DOF (degrees of freedom) Robotic gimbal. It has the ability to carry and stabilize up to 3x the weight of the gimbal.
“The weaponized drones are offered as a counter to "small groups [of enemies] working within crowded civilian areas using civilians as shields," according to the company press statement.