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Destinus presents IA-piloted hypersonic jet able to strike without human intervention.

Destinus has unveiled two drone programs capable of making firing decisions. The "Hornet" is designed to destroy other drones, while the Destinus G is an unmanned fighter aircraft specialized in aerial combat.
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Project view of Destinus-G hypersonic UAV   (Picture source: Destinus )

Destinus first made a name for itself just a year ago with its hypersonic commercial aircraft project presented at the Paris Air Show and then at Vivatech. The Swiss startup, which now has an office in Paris, has concurrently been active in the military sector. This company, founded by Russian Mikhail Kokorich, also secretly supplied hundreds of drones to Ukraine.

Destinus initially developed the Lord, a drone designed for intelligence gathering, electronic jamming, and electromagnetic interception. This model does not use GPS and is not remotely piloted. An artificial intelligence analyzes the terrain it flies over.

A more sophisticated model, the Hornet, is in preparation, as revealed by the leader on BFM Business last January. In an interview given to the Finnish media Yle, Mikhail Kokorich detailed this program which aims not only at mapping or serving as a telecommunications relay. The Hornet will also be able to destroy Russian drones in flight thanks to an AI that enables it to track them.

Destinus, which plans to deliver these drones to Ukraine, contextualizes the topic by affirming that in Ukraine, the targets of the Hornet could be, for example, the slow-moving Shahed drones or Russian reconnaissance drones that reveal, for instance, the location of Ukrainian artillery.

In this interview with the Finnish press, Mikhail Kokorich expressed his desire to go even further. The leader announced that in 3 to 5 years, he will start the production of Destinus G, a new generation of drone. It would be an unmanned fighter jet capable of performing combat missions. It could become a shield against enemy aircraft, subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic missiles. This supersonic drone could be remotely piloted or operated by an AI.

Mikhail Kokorich has a rather astonishing background. This Russian engineer from Siberia left Russia after Vladimir Putin came to power. He officially announced on X (formerly Twitter) his decision to renounce his Russian citizenship.

He initially moved to the United States before going to Switzerland to launch the startup Destinus in 2021, whose headquarters are now in France. Michel Friedling, a former general of the Air and Space Force and the first commander of the Space (2019 to 2022), joined the board of the startup, which employs 170 people and has factories in Munich, Madrid, and Hengelo in the Netherlands.

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