Russia's 'Hellfire' UAV can scatter grenades into Ukrainian trenches

Russian forces began deploying a new “Hellfire” UAV model that could drop 9 grenades in a carpet pattern into Ukrainian trenches.

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Rustehnodron said on January 16 that it has delivered hundreds of first-person UAV (FPV) models named Inferno (Hellfire) made by this company to the Russian military in Ukraine, adding that this force has begun using them to raid enemy targets.

“The ‘Hellfire’ UAV can carry 9 grenades. During combat missions, it will hover over the trenches of Ukrainian forces, open the compartment and drop grenades in series of three at a time.” time,” a representative of Rustehnodron said, adding that this weapon is also capable of attacking targets such as light armored vehicles.

According to Rustehnodron, the “Hellfire” UAV is equipped with an additional camera pointed at the ground to observe the target, allowing it to accurately spray grenades into the Ukrainian trenches while flying instead of having to scramble to identify them. Locate the enemy like UAVs that only have a front camera.

The company also said that the “Hellfire” UAV has a weapons load of 4 kg, a flight range of about 5 km, and can carry VOG-17, GP-25 grenades and other types of warheads designed to be dropped from the machine. Drones, including fragmentation munitions and high explosive munitions.

Along with artillery, UAVs, especially the FPV series, are currently one of the main weapons on the Ukrainian battlefield, widely used by forces on both sides of the battlefield. This type of weapon has proven effective in attacking high-value targets such as tanks and armored vehicles and can destroy them with suicide attacks on the most vulnerable positions on the vehicle.

Russia is said to have a superior advantage over Ukraine in combat using UAVs. Yury Fedorenko, commander of the Achilles company of Ukraine’s 92nd Assault Brigade, admitted last month that Moscow possesses 5-7 times more UAVs than Kyiv in key areas on the front line.

Russian media said last week that the country is testing installing optical guidance sensors for FPV UAVs, helping them become “guided torpedoes” capable of attacking targets in the final phase without the need for a human operator. This helps increase the accuracy of the attack, limit the risk of jamming, and reduce danger to the UAV operator.

Moscow last month announced an upgraded version of the KUB suicide UAV equipped with a warhead with more destructive power. US military website SOFREP commented that the new warhead would significantly increase the power of this UAV line and turn it into a “terrifying nightmare for Ukrainian soldiers.”