Ukraine to launch long-range strike drones

29 March, 07:13 PM
Oleksiy Danilov (Photo:Anna Voitenko/Reuters)

Oleksiy Danilov (Photo:Anna Voitenko/Reuters)

Long-range strike drones, capable of flight ranges over 3,000 km, will soon be in service with the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov announced in a March 29 tweet. 

While the model of these drones was not specified, they would be part of a “swarm” consisting of dozens of models and thousands of drones, the NSDC secretary added.

He added that the swarm would be named after Mathias Rust, a German aviator who successfully flew over a thousand kilometers and landed on Moscow's Red Square in 1987.

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Earlier, on Feb. 14, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov announced that Ukraine had added two Ukrainian-manufactured drones systems, known as Raybird 3, which can cover distances of up to 2,500 kilometers, the its Army of Drones program.

Ukraine has already prepared its first three drone strike squadrons as part of the Army of Drones, Federal announced on March 28.

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