UAE-based International Golden Group, in conjunction with the South African defence company Rippel Effect Systems, has developed a battlefield solution to safely and accurately launch 40mm grenades from a light UAV.

According to IGG deputy executive officer Khalifa Al Balooshi, its long-standing collaboration with Rippel Effect has led them to collaboration on the development and manufacture of the innovative 40mm DLP3 (pictured) and DLP6 drone launcher platform, with three and six fixed barrels respectively.

The 40mm drone-mounted multi shot grenade launcher (MGL) provides small tactical teams with the ability to accurately engage out-of-sight targets.

“This configuration is a sensible adaptation from Rippel’s proven and successful flagship 40mm handheld launcher, designed for a specifically identified tactical requirement,” he explained. “Mounted vertically underneath the drone, and fitted with an electronic trigger mechanism, the DLP3 or DLP6 enables the device to be fired with ease, accurately and safely, with maximum effect on the target. The DLP3 or DLP6 can be mounted on various drone platforms.”

Rippel Effect undertook the design and development of the 40mm launcher, which IGG will then integrate and commission in its UAE facilities.

Each of the removable barrels has one round of 40x46mm low velocity or less-lethal ammunition and can be fired individually, in sequence or together.

Source: Jane’s 360

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