Duke Robotics, a Florida-based startup, has released the TIKAD, a specially made multirotor that can undoubtedly carry and fire a variety of military weapons, like semi-automatic rifles and even grenade launchers.
Raziel Atuar, the co-founder, is an ex-Special Mission Unit commander who was motivated to create this drone program after going through the trouble of fighting terrorist that operate within populations. As we have experienced recently, shooting missiles into densely populated areas typically results in terrible collateral damage.
In instances like this, ground troops are sent which may lead to more casualties and injuries. This is the reason TIKAD was developed, to lessen the damage and get better results.
TIKAD has been in progress for many years and an initial prototype, using a consumer drone, was efficiently used by the Israeli military to get a target in 2015. After that, the device has been polished, and a patented stabilization program has been designed to suck in any recoil from the firing of a rifle.
The existing device can hold and shoot different weapons around a weight of 22 pounds (10 kgs), and the associated promotional video demonstrates how the drone is wirelessly controlled. A human still has to be on the other end to manage the drone and firearm – at least for the present time.
The concept of minimizing both civilian and armed service casualties using the equipped drones is, on the one hand, an attractive potential, but it is also indisputable that the thought of a pack of drones with guns flying in mid-air is terrifying.
The maker is currently looking for investors to grow its operations, but reports state the Israeli military has now put in a deal for a classified number of the drones, and the business is pitching the program to the US military too.