Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Ukraine claims it shot down a newest Russian armed drone

The Ukrainian Armed Forces reportedly shot down Russia’s newest armed drone.

The drone shot down by Ukraine on Friday was an Orion medium altitude and long-range (MALE) tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system, also known by the project name Inokhodets.

This is the first confirmed loss of an Inokhodets unmanned aircraft system in the war.

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The newest drone was developed by Kronstadt Co. for the Russian Armed Forces as an analog of the legendary US-made Predator unmanned combat system.

The Inokhodets is a medium-altitude, long-duration unmanned aerial system with a maximum take-off weight of 1 tonne and a maximum payload weight of 200 kg. The drone has a service ceiling of 7.5 km and its flight endurance is 24 hours with the standard payload. It can develop a speed of up to 200 km/h.

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