Russian troops are deploying loitering bombs from the Lancet system to strike Ukrainian targets, as seen in a video posted on April 6 by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
19FortyFive notes that the clip is very professionally produced and shows the Russian military preparing to fire a wingless drone from a launcher.
The Russian Airborne Troops are in charge of flying the drones, and the instructions for doing so may be found in a Telegram message. The story also reveals that a US M777 howitzer was the intended target of the film.
After taking a series of images that illustrate the drone’s rotors and wings, the soldiers successfully launched the device into the air.
Live video footage from the drone and supplementary live video footage captured by other drones reveals the second the weapon strikes its intended target in the clip.
The reconnaissance drone’s crew discovered the U.S. M777 155mm towed gun. According to the Russian statement on Telegram, the loitering munition known as the Lancet was used to take it out.
Operators used the manual mode and navigated the drone to reduce the possibility of departure from the aim, as stated in the post’s following explanation.
The ZALA Aero Company’s Lancet drone is one of Russia’s most cutting-edge military innovations. The drone, which can also function as a loitering munition or a “suicide drone,” was shown to the public for the first time at the ARMY-2019 military expo in Moscow.
As Lancet drones are equipped with cameras and optical-electronic directing systems, they may be used for surveillance in addition to attacking enemy targets.
There are two versions of The Lancet available. The larger Lancet-3 drone can stay in the air for up to 40 minutes, has a maximum payload of 3 kilos, and can reach speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour.
But, the shorter-ranged and more compact Lancet-1 variant can carry a kilogram of cargo for thirty minutes.
Nevertheless, advancements to the Lancet hovering bombs in Ukraine have allowed for up to an hour of flight times. Moreover, drones can now transport warheads weighing more than 5 kg.