Thursday, January 26, 2023

Russia uses armed version of Searcher drone to hit Ukrainian targets

The Russia’s Ministry of Defense on Sunday confirmed strikes on Ukrainian targets by armed version of Israeli-made Searcher drone.

A video posted on Social media by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service showed a Ukrainian Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) destroed from a height of more than 3 thousand meters.

“Involved unmanned aerial systems in a special military operation [Kremlin to use this term to describe Moscow’s assault on Ukraine] carry out reconnaissance, fire adjustment, as well as the combat use of weapons against targets,” said in statement.


The armed version of reconnaissance unmanned aerial called the Forpost-R. It is eqquiped wth two KAB-20 aerial bombs. The Forpost, in turn, is a license-built version of the Israeli Israel Aircraft Industries Searcher reconnaissance drone.

In addition, earlier on Friday, Ukrainian military forces shot down a Russian Forpost drone over the Zhytomyr oblast.

Based on the wreckage of destroyed drone, then all components are still manufactured by the Israeli government-owned aerospace giant Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI).

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