Russia tested in Syria a kamikaze UAV with increased warhead power

DAMASCUS, ($1=2,512.51 Syrian pounds) — In Syria, the Russian military used a deeply modernized version of the kamikaze drone Lancet-3 against terrorists, a military-diplomatic source said, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned.

Russia tested in Syria a kamikaze UAV with increased warhead power
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A source told RIA Novosti that during the tests, a new version of the kamikaze ammunition Lancet-3 was used several times by Russian military units on terrorist positions. The new version includes updated aerodynamics – one large X-shaped wing and X-shaped tail feathers, instead of two symmetrical X-shaped wings as before. According to a source in BulgarianMilitary.com, the improved aerodynamics have increased the duration and range of the flight, which has led to an increase in the power of the warhead.

Hall Lancet-3 weighs 12 kg and can carry a payload of 3 kg. Flight time lasts up to 40 minutes, and the maximum flight speed can reach 110 km / h. A kamikaze drone can hit targets within a range of 40 km. The unmanned device has several guidance systems integrated into its structure, combined with optoelectronic systems. The Lancet-3 is equipped with a video communication channel that transmits images to the target. The warhead has a pre-contact fuse.

Russia tested in Syria a kamikaze UAV with increased warhead power
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Recall that in August, the Russian Ministry of Defense approved the terms of reference for unmanned munitions [kamikaze drones] Lancet. In 2019, it was announced that the Kalashnikov Group had created Russia’s first unmanned drone, the ZALA Lancet, which includes reconnaissance, communication, navigation, and high-precision strike elements.

The civil war in Syria

The Syrian civil war has been going on for almost a decade. Attempts by movements such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have failed.

The Syrian democratic forces are armed by allies and the United States, while the Syrian army is armed mainly by Russia. Russia is the only country officially invited to Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.

In 2017, the United States launched a massive missile strike on Bashar al-Assad’s forces after a report emerged that the Syrian president had used chemical weapons to attack his people in the country. Syria and Russia deny such actions.

Syrian air defense systems attacked F-16 fighters over Golan Heights
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During his tenure, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw much of US troops from Syria, leaving several troops to guard Syria’s oil fields on the pretext of “falling into the hands of Islamic State.”

With the withdrawal of the United States, Turkey comes to the fore, declaring it necessary to deal with the Kurds and the PKK movement in the northern part of the country, which borders Turkey. That is why Erdogan is sending troops in an attempt to build a stable and secure 30km zone between Syria and Turkey, which will prevent future terrorist attacks on Turkish territory, as it is.

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