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Israel’s Smart Shooter introduces new ‘Dragon’ kit for UAV weaponization

A drone equipped with a Dragon kit
Photo: Smart Shooter

Israel-based developer of fire control systems Smart Shooter has revealed SMASH Dragon, a kit that turns every unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into an armed drone system.

Presented by the company for the first time, SMASH Dragon is a robotic weaponry payload that can be mounted on different drones and other unmanned aerial platforms.

As explained, the system incorporates Smart Shooter’s SMASH technology for precise target elimination and can integrate various types of assault rifles, sniper rifles, 40mm, and other ammunition with precision.

SMASH Dragon benefits from a unique stabilization concept that enables the system to accurately hit static and moving targets while flying, the company said.

The system successfully completed live firing tests and is currently under advanced stages of development.

“Smart Shooter’s SMASH technology offers precise elimination of threats at ground, air and sea. We are now happy to offer the same precise, combat-proven target engagement technology mounted on an unmanned aerial platform that can be controlled from a distance,” Michal Mor, Smart Shooter CEO, said.

“When it comes to drones, platform weight is a critical factor as it impacts mission endurance and cost, and we are proud to announce that the extremely lightweight SMASH Dragon meets this criterion.”

In addition to working on technology that turns UAVs into armed threats, the company is also offering systems that allow soldiers to more efficiently neutralize UAV threats.

The Netherlands Air Force is already relying on SMASH Smart Shooter fire control systems fitted to its Colt C7 5.56mm rifles to take down small unmanned aerial systems.