A new drone called Cerberus GL built by Skyborne Technologies Pty. Ltd. was designed to be a first man-packable multi-round UAV. The Cerberus GL can be equipped with a 40mm grenade launcher, 12-gauge shotgun, or Micro-Munitions. It has a range up to 2 miles and flight time of 28 mins and weighs just 14 pounds. The U.S. Army is searching for capable solutions for killing enemy troops protected behind cover. Matthew Cox of Militiary.com writes (abridged):
U.S. Army weapons officials are testing an experimental drone armed with a multi-shot, 40mm grenade launcher to destroy enemy targets hiding behind cover.
The man-packable Cerberus GL unmanned aerial system — made by Skyborne Technologies Pty. Ltd. — is being evaluated in the Army Expeditionary Warfare Experiments 2020 at Fort Benning, Georgia.
The drone weighs 14 pounds, has a range of two miles and can fire three 40mm high-explosive grenades at defiladed targets well beyond the 400-meter maximum effective range of the M320 grenade launcher.
Skyborne will be showcasing #CerberusGL at #DSEI 2019 – come visit us at stand N3-475 to see the lightest armed micro tactical UCAV. pic.twitter.com/Besf4CG4gm
— SkyborneTech (@SkyborneTech) September 3, 2019
It’s been two years since the Army canceled the XM25, a sophisticated, shoulder-fired counter-defilade weapon, but Army weapons officials continue to search for solutions capable of killing enemy troops protected behind cover.
“One of the priorities, especially for the Infantry Center, is counter-defilade,” Ed Davis, director of the Army Futures Command Maneuver Battle Lab at Benning, told Military.com.
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