Ukraine says it has successfully deployed a domestically-made drone with a range of 1,000 kilometers, according to an announcement by arms conglomerate Ukroboronprom on Tuesday. Reuters.
Vladimir Putin with a map of Russia behind himPhoto: Kremlin Pool / Alamy / Profimedia Images
Ukroboronprom’s spokeswoman Natalia Chad shared a selfie on her Facebook page with Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny, Commander of the Air Force of Ukraine Mykola Oleskiuk and Yuri Husev. Director of the group in the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
“The photo was taken after successfully deploying our drone [cu raza] 1,000 kilometers”.
“After successfully using our drone at a distance of 1000 km,” Natalia Chad, spokesperson for the state concern “Ukroboronprom”, captioned the photo.
— Maria Drutska \uD83C\uDDFA\uD83C\uDDE6 (@maria_drutska) June 20, 2023
Chad did not provide other details, such as whether the drone was tested or actually used against Russian forces.
But he also said that in December last year, Ukroboronprom successfully tested a drone with such a range.
“To date, several stages of successful testing have been completed. In accordance with the instructions of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, we are passing the stage of testing equipment for blocking electronic warfare systems,” he said.
Ukraine may use long-range drone to attack Russian airfields
“After we have successfully tested the drone under the influence of electronic warfare equipment, we hope to be able to test it in combat conditions. We promised to do this by the end of this year, and we are trying to keep this promise,” Natalia Chad said at the time.
On October 17, after another Russian kamikaze drone attack, Ukroboronprom posted a photo of the prototype drone’s metal structure on its Facebook page, saying, “Range: 1,000 kilometers, explosive charge: 75 kilograms. Development complete.”
If the drone does indeed have a range of 1,000 kilometers, it could be used for strikes against Moscow and targets in the Kazan and Samara regions, home to airfields used by Russian forces to launch attacks on Ukraine.
Ukroboronprom also said the drone could launch a 75kg bomb.
Follow the latest developments of the 482nd day of the war in Ukraine in LIVETEXT on HOTNEWS.RO.
“Evil gamer. Amateur music trailblazer. Alcohol geek. Problem solver. Coffee advocate. Troublemaker. Infuriatingly humble zombieaholic.”