Russian firearms manufacturers Kalashnikov's new machine

Legendary weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov has unveiled a flying motorbike which could be unleashed by Vladimir Putin if Russia goes into battle. 

In a clip of the device being tested, shot in a hangar, a helmeted pilot is seen climbing aboard the small aircraft, which resembles a car roof rack surrounded by eight propellers.

The pilot for the Kalashnikov Concern group, which is based in the city of Izhevsk in central Russia's Udmurt Republic region, is seen sitting surrounded by the propellers and with a battery to power them mounted behind him.

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The helmeted pilot testing the new device produced by legendary Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov

The helmeted pilot testing the new device produced by legendary Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov

The small aircraft, seen here on the ground, resembles a car roof rack surrounded by eight propellers

The small aircraft, seen here on the ground, resembles a car roof rack surrounded by eight propellers

He demonstrates how the craft can be controlled by tilting the propellers using a joystick, displaying a fine level of control.

In the test video the craft never goes above a few feet high or faster than a few miles per hour, though the vehicle's maximum flight height and speed were not released.

At the end of the clip the bare roof-rack design is seen covered in fibreglass bodywork that makes it look more like a stylish go-kart.

It was not clear for what market Kalashnikov intends their new product but the firm states it was designed for a single pilot plus cargo, meaning it could potentially be used by a soldier carrying weapons.

Kalashnikov spokeswoman Sofia Ivanova said: 'These days the machine is going through the so-called run-in. 

'In the nearest future we will show the practical application.'

The first flight took place in front of Sergey Cheremezov, 65, the CEO of Rostec Corporation, chairman of the Union of Russian Mechanical Engineers, who is also a lieutenant-general.

The Kalashnikov Concern, which has diversified its products beyond weapons in recent years, has also been testing electric motorbikes for police officers to use this year.

The bikes were said to be more manoeuvrable than cars and environmentally friendly, and boast a practical 93-mile range.

It was not clear for what market Kalashnikov intends their new product but the firm states it was designed for a single pilot plus cargo, meaning it could potentially be used by a soldier carrying weapons

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