Thursday, September 28, 2023

Ukraine claims it shot down Russia’s newest drone

Ukraine said Tuesday that it shot down one of Russia’s most modern and capable reconnaissance drones using a counter-drone jamming gun.

Citing a report from the State Border Service of Ukraine, Militarnyi reported that Soldiers of the 15th Mobile Border Guard unit used a counter-drone system that successfully downed a rare Russian Eleron T-16 drone.

The newest drone was downed by the Ukrainian Soldiers in the Kharkiv region. It is the first confirmed loss of this type of drone.


The Eleron T-16 has a takeoff weight of about 20 kg and is capable of carrying 5…6 kg of payload, including on underwing pylons. It has a canard aerodynamic configuration similar to the Israeli-made Orbiter 3b drone.

The Eleron T-16 unmanned aircraft system can be used in both the recon and attack role- with munitions mounted on underwing pylons.

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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 adviser and a consultant. He graduated in business management and worked at leading European defense companies before becoming a military journalist. read more



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