Friday, April 12, 2024

Tiny Ukrainian drone knocked out Russia’s new artillery system

Ukraine claims to have destroyed a Russian most advanced operational artillery system, nicknamed the “Floks.”

Shared on X (formerly known as Twitter) by Ukrainian civil rights activist Serhii Sternenko, a video depicting the group’s explosives-laden First-Person-View (FPV) racing drone chasing down one of the modern and rare Floks self-propelled mortar systems.

If not irreparably damaged, the newest Russian artillery system at least was immobilized by the drone strikes.


The 2S40 Floks (Phlox) is the latest self-propelled mortar system to enter frontline Russian service, and one has now been destroyed by Ukrainian forces. It is 120mm mortar based on the chassis of a protected Ural-4320 family 6×6 truck that features all-round protection against small arms.

The armored cab of the chassis is also fitted with a roof-mounted remotely controlled weapon station (RCWS) with a 7.62 mm machine gun as well as a laser warning system and optical jammer.

The gun can achieve a maximum firing range of 13km with high-explosive plastic (HEP) projectile and 7.1km with high-explosive bomb.

The system is designed to support mechanized infantry formations.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more