​Defenders of Ukraine Shoot Down russian Reconnaissance Merlin-VR UAV

russian reconnaissance Merlin-VR UAV
russian reconnaissance Merlin-VR UAV

The Ukrainian military managed to hunt down a rather interesting "bird" - the russian reconnaissance Merlin-VR UAV. This experimental drone was publicly demonstrated only in September last year and was not officially adopted by the Russian army

Ukrainian defenders have shot down Russia’s Merlin-VR unmanned aerial vehicle, which is not officially listed as in service with the Russian army, ArmyInform reports.

Ukrainian defenders have shot down Russia’s Merlin-VR unmanned aerial vehicle, Defense Express
Ukrainian defenders have shot down Russia’s Merlin-VR unmanned aerial vehicle

“The Ukrainian military have managed to hunt down an interesting ‘bird’ – Russia’s Merlin-VR reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle. It is an experimental drone, which was only shown to the public in September 2021 and has not yet been officially listed as in service with the Russian army,” the report states.

Read more: Expensive russian "Forpost" UAV Down

There is quite a bit of information in open sources about the characteristics of the Merlin-VR UAV. It is known that it was developed at the Smolensk "Research Institute of Modern Telecommunication Technologies". One of the features of the UAV is a hybrid power engine. According to the developers, it was to provide the device with low acoustic visibility.

Merlin-VR reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle was only shown to the public in September 2021, Defense Express
Merlin-VR reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle was only shown to the public in September 2021

It was also stated that the Merlin-VR can stay in the air for up to ten hours and rise to a height of up to 5 kilometers. The maximum payload of 6.5 kilograms provides the ability to install a fairly powerful optoelectronic module. The latter, by the way, on the downed specimen survived (judging by the photo), and therefore, will be further investigated by Ukrainian experts.

Read more: Ukrainian Paratroopers Shot Down an Unusual "Orlan" UAV