Russian light armored vehicle to launch FPV drones in Ukraine

The state corporation Rostec’s unit, “High-Precision Systems”, is actively engaged in the task of incorporating FPV drones into the weaponry assembly of lightweight armored vehicles. This information was relayed to TASS by the holding’s press department 

Watch: 20 Russian workshops produce thousands of FPV drones per day
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It was emphasized that certain models of electronic defenses against such drones have been put through their paces on infantry combat vehicles. The prospect of incorporating these defense systems into the appliances of armored vehicles is currently under scrutiny.

“The incorporation of First-Person View [FPV] drones into the armament assembly of lightly fortified vehicles is currently underway,” states High-Precision Complexes. 

Watch: 20 Russian workshops produce thousands of FPV drones per day
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In a designated military operation—the phrase Russia employs to describe its engagement in Ukraine—FPV command drones have proven extremely effective. As reported to TASS by the leader of an unmanned rapid response troop, one of the pioneering units employing such drones in operational situations in Ukraine, his outfit was accountable for the demolition and disabling of over 100 military apparatus and approximately a battalion’s worth of personnel within a single year.

FPV as a chemical seeker

It seems that Russia is broadening the utilization scope of its First-Person View [FPV] drones, surpassing mere military purposes. As reported by TASS on October 31, the Center for Integrated Unmanned Solutions [CCBR] has engineered a distinctive reconnaissance FPV system, denoted as Khrust, tasked to detect chemical and radioactive air contamination via the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

The esteemed Central Design Bureau is presently involved in the creation of various strategies for the non-hostile employment of combat FPV technology. A significant portion of their efforts is being directed towards the development of the Khrust chemical intelligence complex – a system designed for the swift detection of airborne pollutants originating from chemical and radioactive sources.

Watch: 20 Russian workshops produce thousands of FPV drones per day
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This intricate arrangement is capable of scrutinizing a several-block radius in a matter of seconds, pinpointing leaks and discrepancies with an impressive margin of accuracy up to a single meter. The vital services rendered by this system will likely find preference among utility services and the Ministry of Emergency Situations, as affirmed by Dmitry Kuzyakin, the esteemed director of the organization.

The complex serves as a comprehensive combat FPV team. “Drones, instead of being fitted with warheads, are instead outfitted with detectors designed to identify environmental conditions, radiation, or toxic gases,” elucidated the Director of the Central Committee for Biological Development. 

Kuzyakin underscored the center’s ongoing commitment to broadening the range of non-military applications for combat FPV systems. “Our focus has been primarily on protecting the state borders in mountainous regions, conducting inspections of fishing fleets, and surveillance of extensive infrastructures such as bridges and port facilities, among others,” stated the organization’s director.

Moreover, the expansion of FPV drones for civilian applications was emphasized by the Director General of the Central Design Bureau, asserting its potential to present employment opportunities for highly trained pilots post the special operation in Ukraine. 

Watch: 2 FPV drones faced Russian tank's cope cage and failed
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“The current necessity is to repurpose battle-ready FPV technologies for civilian applications. We are on the brink of victory. The question arises: what should be done with the surplus of manufactured FPV drones, associated ground equipment, and combat-experienced pilots? Discarding such specialists or letting their skills lie dormant should not be an option. Their war-time experiences, having operated under challenging conditions, can also be beneficial in times of peace,” articulated Kuzyakin.

The Central Clinical Hospital, situated in Zhukovski, serves as the fundamental organization for the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology alongside the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, commemorating N. E. Zhukovsky.

The institution engages in the innovation and production of FPV drones, additionally providing specialized personnel training, primarily collaborating with law enforcement agencies. The Central Clinical Hospital operates in a fully self-sustained manner. 

BulgarianMilitary.com recently divulged that a massive production program for Russian FPV drones is currently underway. Remarkably, a collective of 20 companies produces an astounding daily output of approximately 1,000 drones of this variety. Supplementary to this, several distinct preparatory and training facilities are in operation specifically for budding drone operators.

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