NI: Russian cluster bomb Drel is deadly against a moving enemy

MOSCOW, BM, ($1= 72.85 rubles) – An ideal weapon against a moving enemy could be the Drel gliding cluster bomb, developed in Russia. Writes about this columnist for The National Interest.

NI: Russian cluster bomb Drel is deadly against a moving enemy
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Since 2016, the new PBK-500U SPBE-K aerial bomb has been developed by the Basalt Research and Production Association, which is part of the NPO Tekhmash of Rostec. “Drel” was created to destroy enemy armored vehicles, ground radar stations, command posts, and propulsion systems of anti-aircraft missiles.

Suciu explained that the Drel is a GLONASS-controlled stealth cluster planning bomb. The weight of the bomb exceeds 500 kg, the range is 30-50 km. Enemy identification and electronic countermeasures systems make the bomb immune to interference and invisible to radars.

According to the expert, the bomb has a shorter range compared to other expensive platforms, but due to this, the developers have increased its damaging effect on the enemy that is moving.

Russia military-industrial complex

The military-industrial complex is a set of organizations and enterprises that carry out a state defense order. The specificity of the military-industrial complex is manifested in the customer’s monopoly, special requirements for the quality and technical characteristics of products, their high science intensity, and manufacturability; the need to maintain mobilization capacities, reserves of strategic raw materials and materials; in the difficulties of the enterprises of the military-industrial complex entering foreign arms markets, and so on.

A breakthrough in the development of the Russian military-industrial complex took place in 2011 with the development of three main areas: the implementation of the state defense order, (GOZ) modernization of the defense industry, the creation of the necessary legislative framework.

The role of the military-industrial complex in the foreign economic policy of the state is very significant. Defense enterprises account for up to a third of the export of machinery and equipment and enterprises.


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