Halcon, a subsidiary of UAE-owned military contractor EDGE, has unveiled a tube-launched swarming drone system called the Hunter 2-S at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
The swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can share tracking and positional information when engaging a target.
“Once the target is identified, a decision is made among the swarm, and based on the target size, shape, and category, they decide how many drones are needed to destroy the target, like two or four or five, and then they start diving towards it,” EDGE CEO Saeed Al Mansoori said.
The Hunter 2-S
One of Halcon’s Hunter 2 series of UAVs, the Hunter 2-S is also referred to as a suicide drone or loitering munition. The weapon system was developed to loiter for an extended period over an area to carry out strikes.
The UAV is capable of attacking static and moving objects, including ground-based aircraft and armored vehicles.
In addition to attacks, the drone can carry out surveillance, intelligence, and reconnaissance missions. It has a maximum take-off weight of 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds), a wingspan of 1.44 meters (4.7 feet), and is 1.25 meters long (4.1 feet).