A Russian defense manufacturer named after the inventor of the AK-47 showed off its “flying car” to company officials and the Internet. The “car,” which has sixteen sets of rotors, could have military applications down the road including scouting, communications, and other tasks.
The unnamed vehicle was demonstrated Monday by officials at Kalashnikov Concern, part of the Russian defense giant Rostec and named after AK-47 designer M.T. Kalashnikov. The company develops and manufactures a wide variety of military small arms, from modernized versions of the AK-47 in service with the Russian military today to sniper rifles and guided artillery rounds.
The new vehicle, dubbed a “flying car” by the Russian media, has eights pairs of rotors that provide lift. The vehicle has a skeletal metal frame and is controlled by a pair of joysticks.
A video released by Kalashnikov shows there is surprisingly little to the “car”—there is no gasoline or diesel engine. Two banks of what appear to be batteries are located under the rider and likely provide electricity to the eight pairs of rotors. A shell or chassis is shown superimposed over the vehicle at the end.