The fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine includes not only foreign drones switchblade and Bayraktarthat are most often spoken about. It includes, in particular, a domestic drone bomber R18.
Unmanned aerial vehicle developed by a non-governmental organization "Aerial reconnaissance". It was founded by Ukrainian volunteers and representatives ITsectors in 2014. attack drone R18 is engaged in the destruction of the invaders from the first day of a full-scale invasion. Aerorazvedka has published a video of the brightest successful UAV operations.
R18 is an octocopter, i.e. Equipped with eight propellers, it can take off and land vertically. The unmanned aerial vehicle is capable of carrying a load weighing 5 kg. The range is 4 km, and the battery life is 40 minutes. As for bombs, operators are more likely to use RKG-3 HEAT grenades.
The drone can carry two bombs at an altitude of 100-300 m. Before dropping them on the enemy, the drone hangs in the air. The main targets are radars, self-propelled artillery mounts, air defense systems, MLRS and command vehicles. However, Aerorazvedka reported the successful destruction of tanks.
The price of an unmanned aerial vehicle R18 is about $20,000 excluding the cost of the bombs.
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