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Ukraine Starts Producing of Rubaka Kamikaze Drones Capable of Covering Distances Of Up to 500 km

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The presentation of the RUBAKA kamikaze drone, featuring actor Vladyslav Shevchenko, took place in July 2023 / open source video's screenshot
The presentation of the RUBAKA kamikaze drone, featuring actor Vladyslav Shevchenko, took place in July 2023 / open source video's screenshot

The RUBAKA UAV resembles Shahed-136 but has one specific structural feature

Images have appeared in the public domain that indicate that Ukraine has begun production of the kamikaze drones called RUBAKA. They can be considered an analogue of the Shahed-136 due to their specific features. Although details of the order were not disclosed.

It is stated that the RUBAKA kamikaze drones are planned to be used by the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. The cost of one copy is about 15,000 dollars, with a claimed flight range of up to 500 km. The estimated weight of the explosive charge varies from 2-5 to 15 kg, according to different sources.

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The presentation of the RUBAKA kamikaze drone, Defense Express
The presentation of the RUBAKA kamikaze drone, featuring actor Vladyslav Shevchenko, took place in July 2023 / open source video's screenshot

The very fact that such a kamikaze drone is at the disposal of the Ukrainian Defense Forces looks interesting not only because Ukraine's military industry is expanding its UAV production line. But also because of some specific design elements of the RUBAKA kamikaze drone.

Firstly, currently, this is the only kamikaze drone in the world where the propulsion system with a propeller is located in the nose section, not in the tail section of the fuselage. This choice was probably due to the peculiarity of the engine for small aircraft, which is evidently used on such a kamikaze drone.

The presentation of the RUBAKA kamikaze drone, Defense Express
The presentation of the RUBAKA kamikaze drone, featuring actor Vladyslav Shevchenko, took place in July 2023 / open source video's screenshot

Additionally, the RUBAKA UAV does not have an optoelectronic station. This could imply that this aircraft is likely intended for targeting predetermined coordinates by an inertial guidance system.

Moreover, there is an air pressure sensor on the right wing, confirming the use of such a guidance system.

Earlier, Defense Express reported that a Baykar service center will be opened in Ukraine to service Bayraktar TB2 drones.

The presentation of the RUBAKA kamikaze drone, Defense Express
The presentation of the RUBAKA kamikaze drone, featuring actor Vladyslav Shevchenko, took place in July 2023 / open source video's screenshot

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