Misguided Weapons: The Trend of Technology

Also known as Vagrant Munich, Suicide Drone and Kamikaze Drone

Wondering rounds are rounds that are able to stay in the air while searching for targets and return to the base in case of some unsuccessful target detection. Although they work in the same way as armed drones, it is their self-destructive ability that sets them apart.

Misguided weapons are a growing part of unmanned weapons and systems. Although stray ammunition has been used for decades, its use has increased significantly in recent years, and the next decade is expected to witness unprecedented market growth.

The Vagabond ammunition periodical research report provides an overview of the Vagabond ammunition market, describes technological advances and key programs, and provides an overview of current supply and research trends.

In Kamikaze, drones carry suicide drone ammunition

What is the dynamism of the vagabond ammunition market?

The stray ammunition market will benefit from increased modularity, increased reliance on artificial intelligence, the use of swarm technology and increased sensor capabilities over the next ten years. The market will also benefit greatly from the increased expansion of unmanned systems, as the widespread use of these systems reduces the cost of interconnected components, the lower the cost of systems the better for their application.

The main technical components of the roaming ammunition market are aerostructure, software, controls, detection systems, warheads and power sources.

What are the major technical trends?

Leading technology trends in the roaming ammunition market are swarm technology, artificial intelligence, mission modules, vertical attack, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products, military off-the-shelf (MOTS) products, fuel and propulsion, 3D printing, processors. , Minimization and scalability, battery technology and composites.

Drone swarm technology

Some stray ammunition can work in swarms, such as Molnia in Kronstadt. The application of swarm technology makes it possible to increase the effectiveness of weapons, as well as their use to replace other solutions in missions. The ability to work within a swarm increases unit costs, but this feature is applied to functions where solutions are usually more expensive than a misguided ordnance swarm and where a more expensive unmanned system is at risk of being lost.

Roaming ammunition

The new Phoenix Ghost Stray weapon produced by Aevex Aerospace is similar to AeroVironment’s Switchblade 300 tactical missile system depicted here. Credit: AeroVironment.

Artificial intelligence

AI is a key symbiotic technology because it facilitates system autonomy. AI built into the system is key to the system’s ability to detect targets and determine attack (or deviation) attacks and profiles. Swimming technology requires AI, especially for large-scale installations.

Vertical attack

Vertical attacks are those that descend directly to the bottom, giving the option of attacking roving ammunition, including diving with a hatch or vent. Vertical attacks are deadly against armored vehicles because they can target less heavy armored parts and, at the weakest point, the upper armor. As this threat grows, new advanced armored vehicles are likely to become increasingly exposed.

3D printing

3D printers have already proven themselves in the aerospace and defense sectors, which require precise engineering to create high-spec components. Aerospace has seen some of the highest adoption rates and the biggest players are converting from prototyping to production.

In the defense sector, speed and power as well as other components such as payload, fuel consumption, emissions, and weight safety are the key to achieving high efficiency. It is this awareness that drives the aerospace and defense industry to look for applications in most new products, from seat frames to air ducts.

Roaming ammunition

Misleading ammunition is like a drone, but it is actually a weapon. Credit: 80’s Child / Shutterstock.

Processor chips

Microprocessors act as control centers for unmanned vehicles, providing a platform for control and communication software that integrates with collision avoidance sensors, high definition cameras and other sensors. Advances in chip design have led to smaller, better performance and less expensive chips, which have helped reduce the cost of building unmanned vehicles.

Chipmakers are expanding the capabilities of system-on-chip (SoC) components to combine multiple sensing and processing components into a single chip. The ARM-based processors from companies like NXP Semiconductors and Estemicroelectronics are the most powerful in the market with an emphasis on low power and low cost.

Minimization and scalability

To improve flight performance and expand capabilities, drone manufacturers are increasing drone technology to provide greater load capacity and durability, and reducing it to offer low-cost surveillance drones and smaller ones. Minimization of sensors reduces the size and weight of the drone as well as the energy requirements.

Size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP) parameters are particularly important for military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to support effective intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.

This is a part of the report Loitering weapons – thematic research Produced by GlobalData Thematic Research.

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