The LANIUS drone is designed for covert surveillance and can carry lethal and non-lethal payloads
The Israeli company Elbit Systems has unveiled a new unmanned aerial vehicle. The drone, called LANIUS, is a barrage munitions for covert surveillance and is designed to operate over short distances. It can be launched manually or from a larger drone.
The new machine can reach speeds of up to 72 km/h and has a mass including maximum payload of 1.25 kg. Elbit Systems claims the drone can carry both lethal and non-lethal payloads, without disclosing more information, as the drone is intended for military use.
The LANIUS drone can stay in the air for about seven minutes and can move autonomously, but operator control is also planned. A software-defined radio channel, or WIFI, is used to establish communication with the device.
The hovering craft is equipped with an NVIDIA Jetson TX2 processor, which is responsible for systems with artificial intelligence (AI). AI helps the drone perform GPS navigation tasks, scan the terrain and create a three-dimensional map of the environment in complex urban environments.