russian military May Soon Receive Naval Drones With 600 kg Explosive Payload

A russian GRK-700 Vizir drone at the Armiya-2023 expo / Open source photo
A russian GRK-700 Vizir drone at the Armiya-2023 expo / Open source photo

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The russian Ministry of Defense has commissioned the development of an experimental batch of 10 unmanned boats to the Kingisepp Machine-Building Plant (KMZ). This order is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

The unmanned boat developed by KMZ is universal and can be used to perform various tasks. It has a cruising range of 600 km at low speeds; as the speed increases, the cruising range decreases, but it is possible to accelerate the boat to 80 km/h. When loaded with 600 kg of explosives, the boat can travel 200 km.

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"This will be the first pilot batch" Mikhail Danilenko, managing director of KMZ, stated in an interview with one of the propagandist media outlets.

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russians preparing for a drone attack on commercial ships / Illustrative graphics by H I Sutton – Covert Shores

Danilenko added that the company calls this device "one-off boats" that can also act as kamikaze drones.

He pointed out that the drones’ payload may not necessarily be an explosive one, so instead of being used only as guided torpedoes, these unmanned boats can potentially be employed to move cargo or for intelligence gathering.

If the use of such maritime drones proves successful, the russian Ministry of Defense may order the production of this weaponry for naval warfare.

It is worth noting that the mentioned enterprise KMZ is a manufacturer of both equipment for the nuclear industry and small boats for the law enforcement structures of the russian federation.

In the same interview, for example, it is mentioned that in 2024, the Kingisepp Machine-Building Plant is supposed to deliver another batch of Avalanche boats for the russian National Guard.

Moreover, in September 2023, KMZ presented the GRK-700 Vizir remotely controlled boat at the "Army-2023" forum.

The GRK-700 Vizir naval drone at the
A russian GRK-700 Vizir drone at the Armiya-2023 expo / Open source photo

“The boat has the ability to be modified for various tasks: attack naval drone, liquidator of such drones, delivery of troops and cargo,”Mikhail Danilenko said.

The payload of the boat is about 500 kilograms with high maneuverability and seaworthiness. The hull of the vessel is made of fiberglass. The basic version is capable of reaching speeds of up to 80 km/h.

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russians are working on their own kamikaze boat, Defense Express
russian engineers developing an own unmanned military boat / Open source photo
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