Ukraine to Deploy Long-Range UAVs Capable of Reaching Distant Targets

by Roman Cheplyk
Friday, April 5, 2024
Ukraine to Deploy Long-Range UAVs Capable of Reaching Distant Targets

This year, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are set to enhance their operational capabilities significantly by deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can cover distances of up to 2,000 kilometers or more

This development follows recent drone attacks on Russian territories, including a strike on military facilities in Tatarstan, located 1,300 kilometers from the frontline.

Western media sources highlight that the Ukrainian military's adoption of these long-range UAVs will enable them to conduct operations reaching as far as the Urals and the Arctic regions. Among the drones utilized in these attacks was the Ukrainian UJ-22, which initially had a flight range of 800 kilometers. However, modifications, including the addition of extra fuel tanks, are expected to extend its range considerably.

The upcoming arsenal of Ukrainian drones is anticipated to include up to 10 different types, capable of reaching distances up to 2,500 kilometers. Notably, the introduction of the Sokil-3000 UAV, developed by Kyiv's Promin KB, is set to push these boundaries even further, boasting a range of up to 3,300 kilometers.

These strategic advancements imply that Ukrainian forces could potentially target significant military installations in the Murmansk region, a strategic area hosting approximately 80 military bases, including the Olenya airfield. This site is particularly crucial as it serves as a launch point for Russian strategic bombers conducting mass attacks on Ukraine.

The enhancement of Ukraine's UAV capabilities to include long-range drones represents a critical shift in the dynamics of military operations, potentially altering the strategic balance in the region.

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