Russian Military In Tough Spot As Ukraine Deploys New Weapons

On Monday, a Ukrainian drone maker declared that the country’s homegrown kamikazes were combat-ready for use against Russia.

An interview with Herman Smetanin, general director of the state-owned weapons firm Ukroboronprom, was published by Economic Truth. Smetanin claims the drones can travel up to 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) before refueling.

Nataliya Sad, a spokeswoman for Ukroboronprom, said on Facebook that a test was run in June utilizing a drone capable of traveling 1,000 kilometers.

Smetanin updated Economic Truth on the progress of the arms; in particular, progress has been made by working with collaborators in other countries. He said the key feature that causes the defense forces to request them is their capacity to fly and explode.

These brand-new drones have more range than any others in Ukraine’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) arsenal. In August, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reportedly claimed that his country had created a missile capable of reaching targets up to 700 kilometers (400 miles) away.

Throughout the twenty-month conflict with Russia, the Ukrainian armed forces have depended significantly on their fleet of drones. The Royal United Services Institute, a British think tank, estimates that every month, 10,000 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used in Kyiv. Reconnaissance drones, loitering munitions, and kamikaze drones all fall within this category.

Smetanin distinguished between Ukroboronprom’s long-range drones and the Iranian Shaheeds drones that Moscow usually uses. Since Shaheeds can only travel so far in the air, Ukraine has similar and more advanced versions of drones.

Complex, high-priced projects that consistently outperform expectations were their top development priority.

Russia, meanwhile, has had trouble keeping up with local demand for weaponry and has instead relied on weapons made in Iran in the past. Moscow has reportedly started development on a new naval training vessel to teach pilots how to intercept Ukrainian drones.

Marina Miron, a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, said that Russia is progressively catching up to Ukraine’s stockpile of UAVs.

Russia’s Lancet unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been very successful in Ukraine over the past year, according to the British Ministry of Defense last week.