Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Ukrainian trainer aircraft shoots down Russian spy drone

A Ukrainian Yak-52 two-seat primary trainer aircraft intercepted and safely shot down a Russian Orlan reconnaissance drone over the southern region of Ukraine, Militarnyi reported.

The incident, captured on video, showcases the Yak-52 circling above the descending drone after it brought it down with precision marksmanship.

The Yak-52, initially designed as a sport and training aircraft, lacks conventional armaments and sighting systems. Yet, armed with nothing more than a rifle, the aircraft’s second crew member demonstrated remarkable skill in accurately targeting and disabling the spy drone.


With a maximum speed of 470 kilometers per hour and a flight endurance of up to 2.5 hours, the Yak-52 combines agility and endurance, making it well-suited for intercepting and tracking drones at relatively low speeds. Despite its primary role as a training platform, the Yak-52’s versatility and maneuverability proved instrumental in countering aerial threats.

Developed with design elements reminiscent of early Soviet postwar fighters, including a tandem cockpit layout and tricycle landing gear, the Yak-52 boasts a fuel and oil system capable of sustaining inverted flight for up to two minutes. These features, combined with its robust construction and efficient propulsion system, enable the Yak-52 to navigate diverse operational environments with ease.

While originally conceived as a training aircraft, the Yak-52’s adaptability and combat effectiveness have been demonstrated in various roles, exemplified by its recent interception of the Russian spy drone.

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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



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