Ukraine uses micro WARMATE loitering munitions with HE warhead
KYIV, ($1=30.45 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — From the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine until today, Poland has supplied the Ukrainian armed forces with various weapons, equipment, and gear. This includes R-72 missiles, MANPADS, drones, ammunition, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, and the latest delivery of T-72 main battle tanks [MBT].
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The Twitter account Ukraine Weapons Tracker confirms by posting photos that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have received WARMATE loitering ammunition. In a Twitter post published on April 27, Ukraine Weapons Tracker reports that the Russian armed forces have removed WARMATE loitering ammunition in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhya region.
According to Ukraine Weapons Tracker, WARMATE loitering ammunition was armed with a high-explosive [HE] warhead. Russian sources claim that the targets of these munitions were the nuclear power plant in the region and the city administration. The possibility of WARMATE inflicting serious damage on both targets by the Russians is small, as this ammunition carries 1.3kg of RDX payload, which is absolutely insufficient.
About WARMATE loitering ammunition
WB Electronics Warmate is a Polish micro loitering ammunition developed and manufactured by WP Electronics. According to public information, the Polish government ordered 1,000 units of this ammunition but later delayed the order. Thus, Poland receives 100 units produced.
WB Electronics Warmate is in service in Poland, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates. A NATO agency has purchased WB Electronics Warmate without mentioning the final recipient. Sources say it is most likely Turkey.
WB Electronics Warmate is suitable for use by ground forces or special forces. It can be launched from a vehicle installation as well as from a ground installation.
WB Electronics Warmate is powered by an electric motor. With a wingspan, it reaches a width of 1.6 meters. It can carry a maximum payload of 5.7 kg, making it suitable for small targets that need to be quickly attacked and eliminated. The maximum altitude at which it can fly is 150-300 meters: perfectly suitable for fighting in urban conditions.
It can carry two types of a warhead – high-explosive and thermobaric. It can be equipped with a laser warhead, too, says the manufacturer. The electric motor provides a maximum speed of 150 km / h. WB Electronics Warmate has integrated sensors and control modules.
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