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The Russian Military, copying its adversaries in the Middle East, designs to deploy modest drones capable of swarming enemies and showering them with grenade-sized munitions. Moscow strategies to mail huge numbers of drones in opposition to enemy targets in wartime, supplying defenders way too many targets to interact and making certain that at the very least some of them will get through.
The drones, nicknamed “Jihadi aviation” by the Russian army, are dependent on lower-expense drones initially applied by terror groups and paramilitaries this sort of as the Islamic Point out across the Center East. In 1 recent occasion, in accordance to Forbes, Israeli tanks have been focused by Palestinian Islamic Jihad drone dropping an improvised explosive system. In January 2018, Russian air and naval bases in Syria had been the targets of a drone swarm attack released by Syrian rebels. Russian air defenses reportedly shot down all of the attacking drones.
Russia, instead of utilizing commercially off the shelf drones, will manufacture its possess small-cost drones, each individual capable of carrying just one kilogram (2.2 lbs .) payloads. The explosive payload would be about the dimension of a hand grenade—but a hand grenade shipped across extensive distances and dropped with precision on targets that regularly absence overhead include. In the long term, drones could fall payloads of up 20 kilograms (40+ lbs), providing the explosive energy of major artillery significant explosive shell and posing an even better risk to armored cars.
Drones are smaller and speedy-shifting and therefore tricky to strike with compact caliber weapons. Guided weapons, these as the American Stinger missile or the Russian Pantsir air defense procedure, have a improved likelihood but are slower to reload. The concept driving drone swarms is that several or even most will get shot down—but adequate drones will get by way of to strike their targets.
All branches of the Russian military will get them very first, with Spetsnaz exclusive forces the initially units to get them.