first published on August 22, 2018 by Will
Azerbaijan showed off its “Kamikaze Drone” loitering munitions in a recent military exercise near the Caspian Sea.
The Israeli-made Harop loitering munition is an unmanned, sensor-rich aerial munition that can be used in an autonomous manner in which it loiters on station until it detects preprogrammed target signatures such as enemy radar sites or communications transmissions. It then dives directly onto the target, detonating its payload on impact. The Kamikaze Drone may also be remote controlled by a human pilot from a relatively safe location to destroy various targets of opportunity.
Azerbaijan claims it has never used the weapon in combat, although unconfirmed reports in the spring of 2016 claimed they used a loitering munition to inflict casualties against Armenian military targets in the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh border region.
As of yet, only still shots images have been released of the exercise, but the following years-old video shows the Israeli Harop loitering munition successfully engaging various targets including a moving marine vessel.