Lodyr drone: Russian innovation to protect drone crew members

Russia deploys an advanced drone system to protect FPV operations. With this military technology, they seek to evade enemy recognition while manufacturing companies and military alliances watch with interest.

Detection and vulnerability: the challenge of FPV drones

Operating drones with a first-person view (FPV) has posed significant challenges. Detection of FPV operators has become a primary goal for both  Ukraine and  Russia. The nature of these operations requires FPV pilots to be backed up by support personnel, exposing them to direct threats.

The enemy has capitalized on this vulnerability, as evidenced by incidents where Ukraine has attacked FPV crews with artillery fire or kamikaze drones. In this situation, the need arises to develop efficient countermeasures.

Lodyr: The Russian response to the recognition challenge

Russia unveils the Lodyr drone system, designed to counter enemy electronic reconnaissance. Tracking the communication between the drone and the operator on the ground determines and protects the latter’s position.

Developed by the  Unmanned Integrated Solutions Center, the Lodyr neutralizes enemy electronic reconnaissance systems while deploying a real FPV crew.

Features and benefits of the Lodyr system

The Lodyr stands out for its ability to remain in a specific position for long periods. This autonomy, combined with advanced hibernation tools, allows these drones to remain dormant for weeks, awaiting activation.

These drones act as efficient decoys, offering authentic FPV crews safe cover. Furthermore, Lodyr production is economically viable, allowing multiple units to be deployed close to an FPV crew.

Dmitry Kuzyakin of the  CIS emphasized the importance of protecting FPV crews and the need for innovative tools to confuse the enemy at a strategic level.

Tactical and strategic impact of FPV drones

Incorporating FPV drones into combat has modified the adversary’s tactics, forcing them to develop complex countermeasures and tactics that consume valuable resources.

These countermeasures respond to the threat posed by systems like Lodyr, which, by protecting FPV crews, force the enemy to intensify efforts in search of solutions.

“By inflicting damage on our adversaries, we force them to invest in countermeasures,” Kuzyakin concluded.