Russia made a Drone Rapid Response Unit training 150 FPV operators

Russia has created a special rapid response unit that is armed only with drones of a different type. To this end, Moscow has funded a training center for an unmanned rapid response unit. To date, the Center has trained more than 150 versatile FPV drone operators.

Russia made a Drone Rapid Response Unit training 150 FPV operators
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The information was revealed by TASS journalists who interviewed the squad commander. The rank and name of the commander of the Drone Rapid Response Unit [DRRU or UDRU] is not mentioned. His statements make it evident that the operators have undergone training to pilot a traditional reconnaissance drone and are equipped with technical and engineering abilities.

“Our training stands apart from all other facilities, as we specialize in creating universally competent specialists in using FPV drones,” the spokesperson stated to TASS.

Watch: 20 Russian workshops produce thousands of FPV drones per day
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Based on the data gathered, the team is composed of a First Person View [FPV] drone operator who handles the remotely-controlled aviation, a traditional reconnaissance drone operator who is tasked with surveillance duties, an engineer at the frontline, ensuring the drone is properly equipped with ammunition, and last but not least, a technical specialist who maintains a stable connection between the operator and the drone.

In addition, the technician has the responsibility of managing the repair or adjustment of the field control systems, as well as altering frequencies. A representative informed the Russian news agency that, “Over one hundred and fifty universal FPV operators have undergone training.”

Interchangeability

Watch: 20 Russian workshops produce thousands of FPV drones per day
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In a discussion with TASS, the commander stressed the importance of interchangeability amongst crew members when completing combat tasks. This, he explained, could only be achieved through a particular methodology.

“There’s a chance that a crew member might sustain an injury. Despite this, the work mustn’t halt under any circumstance. If a crew member falls victim to an injury, the necessary evacuation should be done while the rest of the team continues the mission—there’s immense hope riding on it. Hence, flexibility is critical in this team where anyone can potentially step into another’s role,” the detachment commander articulated.

As per his statement, these skilled experts didn’t just serve in the unmanned rapid response unit but were also assigned to various other departments. He conveyed that continuous communication is maintained with the experts, assuring that the unit’s technicians and engineers are consistently on hand to provide expert advice and guidance.

Watch: 20 Russian workshops produce thousands of FPV drones per day
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In the realm of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the autonomous rapid response team plays a crucial role in one of its divisions. This team, supported by the ministry’s command, was initially a small group initiative, which took root in the fall of 2022.

State program

Indeed, as reported by BulgarianMilitary.com in October, a government initiative financially backs a minimum of 20 Russian firms involved in FPV drone production. Each of these facilities churns out an impressive 1,000 FPV drones daily, as per the interviewees featured in the video. 

The interviewees, all part of the FPV production process, also divulged their constant quest for innovation and enhancement of their products. They maintain a unique wall displaying captured Ukrainian FPV drones, providing a valuable resource for study and improvement. 

These FPV production hubs double as training centers for drone operators. In effect, Russia is grooming a new generation of soldiers, specifically trained in drone controls. However, these soldiers are not stationed with the DRRU but are assigned to specific ground forces.

100 drones Shahed-136 (Geran-2) monthly

Russia put a GLONASS navigation module in Iranian Shahed-129
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Between July and October 2023, the production numbers show that a minimum of 420 Shahed-136 kamikaze drones were manufactured in Russia, centered on the Alabuga project. This translates to an average daily production of approximately 3.5 Shahed-136 units, or close to 100 drones each month. 

These figures indicate that the Russian investment in the Alabuga project’s kamikaze drone timeline has not been particularly substantial. However, there has been notable progress in the local manufacturing of specific UAV components.

An investigation and analysis conducted by The Long War Journal shed light on this correlation, with findings based on the serial numbers of the Russian Shahed-136 drones observable on propeller tail fins in open-source outlets.  

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The production plan for the Alabuga project outlined a goal of fabricating 1,332 Shahed-136 unmanned kamikaze aircraft by February 2024. At present, the pace of manufacturing is not keeping up with this target.  

It’s important to acknowledge, however, that Russia has demonstrated the ability to exceed expectations in producing individual UAV components quickly. These include airframe elements, navigation devices, and tungsten ball warheads.

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