The four-propeller drone mounts a single shot anti-tank rocket launcher.

The armed forces of Belarus have demonstrated a new quadcopter drone that can carry a tank-killing rocket launcher. The drone carries a RPG-26 single-shot rocket that is remotely fired by the drone operator. And while the drone is of questionable effectiveness as a tank destroyer, it is a deadly harbinger of things to come on the unmanned battlefield.

The type of drone is unknown, but it appears to be a quadcopter capable of lifting of at least 7 lbs. The RPG-26 it’s carrying is a single-shot rocket launcher. Originally designed during the Cold War for Soviet ground troops, it is a simple tube with a firing switch. Inside is a short-range 72.5-millimeter rocket with a shaped charge warhead. The RPG-26 weighs 6.39 lbs., has a range of about 250 yards, and penetrates between 400 to 500 millimeters of rolled homogeneous steel armor, the standard metric for armor plating.

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