Ukraine to produce version of French T&G AAROK attack drones

According to La Tribune, a reputable French media outlet, Ukraine is purportedly in advanced talks to produce an iteration of the French unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV], the Aarok. Turgis & Gaillard [T&G], the original manufacturer of the Aarok drone, and Antonov, a Ukrainian company, have reportedly signed an accord consenting to the production, according Defense Mirror.

While Aarok was officially presented mid-year, its genesis and construction period dates back three years. Given its novelty, the new aerial system has raised numerous inquiries within the drone sector since June this year, focusing mainly on its ability to rival contemporaneous systems like the conceptualized Eurodrone and the American-manufactured MQ-9 Reaper. 

The Aarok, due to its asserted functionalities and impressive size, has drawn several parallels with the US MQ-9 Reaper drone, currently in service with the French military. Notably, the rookie drone surpasses its American counterpart by an additional three feet with a total wingspan of 72 feet. However, the dissimilarities do not merely end at size parameters. 

Ukraine to produce version of French T&G AAROK attack drones
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C. Mark Brinkley, the Senior Director of Strategic Communications at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems [GA-ASI], shared his insights with Defense News, stating, “The Reaper has undeniably set an exceptionally high benchmark that any newcomer to this highly competitive market must strive to match. If you’re throwing your hat in the ring with your own model two decades later, you’re tasked with proving your worth.”

About Aarok UAV

The French Aarok drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV] developed by the French defense company, Dassault Aviation. It is designed for both reconnaissance and combat missions. The drone has a sleek and aerodynamic design, allowing it to achieve high speeds and maneuverability in the air.

In terms of technical characteristics, the Aarok drone is powered by a turbojet engine, which provides it with a significant amount of thrust. This allows the drone to reach speeds of up to Mach 0.8, making it one of the fastest drones in its class. The engine also enables the Aarok to operate at high altitudes, giving it a wide operational range.

Speaking of the operating range, the Aarok drone has an impressive range of up to 2,000 kilometers. This allows it to cover large distances and conduct missions far from its base of operations. The long-range capability of the Aarok makes it suitable for both short-range and long-range missions, providing flexibility to the French military.

In terms of armament, the Aarok drone is equipped with a variety of weapons systems. It can carry air-to-surface missiles, precision-guided bombs, and even air-to-air missiles. The drone’s armament is designed to be modular, allowing for different configurations depending on the mission requirements.

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