French kamikaze drone reaches 400 km/h during testing: video | Airlines

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A loitering munition, developed by EOS Technologie, soared to a top speed of 400 km/h during recent testing.

The achievement was made in the framework of the LARINAE program, a joint effort by the Agence de l’Innovation de Défense (AID) and the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA).

The LARINAE program seeks to create indigenous medium-range remote-operated ammunition capable of neutralizing armored targets within a 50-kilometer (about 30-mile) radius and sustaining flight for over 60 minutes.

The AID announced having selected two projects among 16 proposals. One is led by Nexter Arrowtech [now KNDS Ammo France—ed. note], EOS Technologie, and TRAAK, and the other was offered by an MBDA-led consortium.

In July 2023, the European missile maker MBDA unveiled its proposal for the LARINAE program. Called Mutant, the design features deployable wings for uses “requiring compactness and ease of transport and deployment.”

The ‘Veloce 330’

The KNDS-led solution integrates an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by EOS, an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) supplied by KNDS, and a navigation system capable of operating without GPS provided by TRAAK.

On April 26, 2024, footage of the EOS Technologie drone conducting a flight test circulated on social media, prompting a response from the manufacturer.

“The ‘Veloce 330,’ a 100% jet loitering…


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