Altius-600Mthe new loitering ammunition system from Anduril Industriesis already in the possession of the Ukrainian Army according to a list of military equipment delivered to Ukraine published by the United States Department of Defense on the 4th. latest model in the series drones Altius of the American manufacturer and of which not too many details are known, although It has been possible to see its offensive capacity in a recent video.
Announced last October along with the Altius-700M, Anduril Industries highlights this loitering ammunition system that “is designed to accommodate multiple seeker and warhead options while doubling loitering time and the range of current market offerings.” Also its cross-platform operation that allows it to be launched from a wide variety on land, sea and air at different altitudesas well as its ability to swarm.
The 600M can fly a distance of up to 440 kilometers and has an autonomy of about 4 hours. This range allows you great flexibility to perform both surveillance and reconnaissance missions as attack.
In the last video published by Anduril Industries you can see how it is launched from an MRZR off-road vehicle, Apache and BlackHawk helicopters, and a ground launcher. Other compatible launch pads noted by the manufacturer are the JLTV, UH-60, AC-130J, and C-130A.
Its swarm operability is also shown, a capability that the US Army successfully tested with the previous model, Altius-600. In those tests, a single operator can carry out attacks on simulated targets controlling a swarm of 7 drones.
The Altius-600M and 700M are lthe loitering ammo capable version of the Altius 600 and 700. These drones can equip payloads for purposes such as surveillance, electronic warfare, signals intelligence, communications relay, and cyber warfare. In the case of the 600M and 700M models the type of warheads is not known that they can carry or their mass, but this latest model, which is not among those delivered to Ukraine, can take them up to 15 kilograms.