Izhevsk, Udmurtia, Russia
Kalashnikov Concern (Izhevsk Machinebuilding Plant until 2013; Russian: Ижевский машиностроительный Завод) or IZHMASH (ИЖМАШ) is the largest arms manufacturer in Russia, headquartered in both Izhevsk (Udmurtia, Russia) and Moscow, that produces a wide range civilian and military weapons including assault rifles, sniper rifles, designated marksman rifles, and machine guns, guided artillery projectiles and a wide range of other precision weapons including unmanned vehicles and military robots. The company, which was originally founded 1807 by Tsar Alexander I, was renamed in honor of the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, in 2013.
In Feb. 2015, Kalashnikov Concern announced that it was expanding its business to drones as part of the company’s new strategy for corporate development through 2020.
The hover bike has 16 electric motors — arranged with upper and lower propellers in four pairs on each side of the contraption.
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- Article: The company that makes AK-47s just built a working hoverbike, The Verge, Sept. 27, 2017
- Article: Kalashnikov Unveils Flying ‘Hovercycle’, Popular Mechanics, Sept. 26, 2017
- Article: Kalashnikov demonstrates a flying ‘motorcycle’, Kommersant.ru, Sept. 26, 2017
- Video: Troops In Flying Cars? Kalashnikov unveils futuristic manned ‘copter’, Sept. 26, 2017