Russia Unveils Robird Owl Drone That Uses Silent Lasers To Aim At Prey.


RUSSIA has unveiled the latest weapon in its arsenal – a drone shaped like an owl.

By Siba Jackson / Published 30th October 2018

The “robird” device, designed to “hide in plain sight” has been built to fly silently and uses a laser designator to precisely aim at prey.

The owl drone was designed by the Zhukovsky / Gagarin Air Force Academy and is reportedly intended to target tanks in northern warfare.

It is thought to be the latest in drone biomimicry, which sees the robot’s appearance disguised by taking on the form of an animal.

The new bird-imitating drone follows a falcon-shaped model which can even play pre-recorded sounds.

It is said to resemble a cartoon version of a Snowy Owl or a Ural Owl, and is reportedly being used in northern Russia to track tanks, vehicles and other heavy equipment before directing fire, and uses an electric motor for quiet flight.


Research analyst Samuel Bendett, based at the Center for Naval Analyses, told “What’s interesting is that Russian designers are thinking creatively about UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) applications,” .

“Biomimicry allows UAVs to operate in areas where a ‘regular’-looking UAV would have been sighted and eliminated.”

Mr Bendett told how a bird-shaped drone can be an “invaluable” asset in Russia’s part of Eurasia – where flying huntsmen including owls, falcons and eagles are commonly sighted.

“It can basically ‘hide’ in plain sight,” Bendett added.

“It’s logical that more designs like that may follow, until Russian MOD settles on those it thinks are best suited for various military missions.”

It comes as a “robird” falcon-sized aircraft designed to scare off rival avians was tested at a Canadian Airport, according to Aviation Week.

Another drone resembling a large bird downed in Mogadishu, Somalia, recently revealed clues on how military officials disguise their “eyes in the sky”.

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