The Russian military released a video of Minister Shoigu visiting a series of defense industry factories, including the Geran and Lancet suicide UAV production lines.
Russian military television on February 10 reported that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited units of the Central Military District and then inspected the progress of implementing the order for reconnaissance and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Suicide at defense industry plants in Udmurtia.
The video shows Mr. Shoigu inspecting the production line of Kalashnikov Group’s Geran-2 and Lancet suicide UAVs, the Supercam reconnaissance aircraft factory, and the manufacturing facility for Vikhr anti-tank guided missiles and short-range air defense missiles. for the Strela-10 complex.
“The Minister of Defense was introduced to new composite materials, which significantly increase the survivability of UAVs. Zala Aero Company also presented the process of developing new UAVs based on experience in special operations, allowing the analysis and processing of data in real-time, connecting all products to a unified network capable of automatically identifying and attacking targets,” the Russian military said.
In a subsequent meeting with defense business leaders, Mr. Shoigu set the goal of increasing UAV quality and output through promoting production line automation.
Suicide UAVs are designed to carry explosives and attack targets behind enemy lines. Unlike traditional large UAVs that can launch missiles, drop bombs and then return to base after an attack, suicide UAVs only launch a single attack.
Russia is deploying many types of suicide UAVs for the campaign in Ukraine, notably the Geran-2, with an estimated flight range of 2,500 km and the Lancet, which specializes in attacking targets in the front line.
Small size, made from synthetic materials, and very low infrared exposure make suicide UAVs very difficult to detect. Their low cost and large number make Ukrainian soldiers hesitant to fire expensive anti-aircraft missiles to intercept them.
In an article about technological challenges on the battlefield published in November 2023, General Valeri Zaluzhny, then commander of the Ukrainian army, mentioned a lot about Russian patrol bullets and emphasized that this was a “very difficult” weapon.