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Ukraine's New Vessel Drone Revealed: Specifications, Photos and Detailed Capabilities

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The first appearance of the drone was in late Semptember when the russian media claimed that a Ukrainian drone approached Crimean port / Open source photo
The first appearance of the drone was in late Semptember when the russian media claimed that a Ukrainian drone approached Crimean port / Open source photo

Striving to create the first-ever unmanned naval fleet, the Ukrainian defense industry reveals specs of the "unique Ukrainian development" – naval kamikaze drone

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi has announced the start of fundraising campaign aimed to produce 100 unmanned surface vehicles of Ukrainian manufacture designed after the start of russian invasion.

President’s platform United24 also revealed what kind of drone it is. According to the fact sheet, the unmanned system currently referred to as simply Naval Drone can "participate in long-range maritime reconnaissance and coastal surveillance, escorting and supporting the traditional fleet, convoying merchant ships, zoning in artillery fire, defending our bases and countering amphibious operations."

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The main task of the campaign at this point is to prevent russian missile cruisers from entering Ukrainian waters and launching cruise missiles from there; the second objective is to help unblock the corridor for civilian ships transporting Ukrainian grain for export.

"They will defend the waters of our seas, stop russian ships carrying missiles from leaving the bay, protect merchant ships, and perform secret missions," says the official public data.

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Ukraine wants to create a fleet of 100 such kamikaze vessels / Image credit: United24
Other but no less important capabilities of the new drone include long-range reconnaissance, surveillance of coastal activity, escort and support of the conventional fleet, convoying merchant ships, adjusting missile strikes and artillery, protecting Ukrainian bases and countering amphibious operations, according to the Commander of Ukrainian Navy Oleksiy Neizhpapa: "Such naval drones have already proven their effectiveness and can significantly change the situation in the Black Sea," he said.
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So far, 2 out of 100 drones have been funded already, in less than a day since the start of campaign / Photo credit: Mykhailo Fedorov, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine
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The vessel drone is made fully in Ukraine precisely to counter russian threats in the Black Sea / Photo credit: United24

Defense Express earlier explained why the concept of sea kamikaze droneswill become a revolution in naval warfare, and we could already see the results. The United24 platform de-facto confirmed that the explosion in Sevastopol Bay in Crimea on October 29, 2022, was caused by these systems. This must have been the debut of the drone: the Ukrainian military did not confirm it was involved in the attack though celebrated it.

"Three russian vessels were damaged, including the Admiral Makarov, flagship of the russian Black Sea Fleet. This is the first case in history where the attack was carried out exclusively by unmanned vessels," as revealed on the U24 initiative official website.

That said, let’s move on to the new system’s specifications:

The unmanned vessel is equipped with autopilot features, video subsystems with night vision mode, backup communication modules and has "combat functionality", according to United24.

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It seems the control system of this drone is quite simple / Photo credit: United24

One system is worth USD 250,000, in addition to the naval drone itself, it includes a ground-based, autonomous control station, transportation and storage system, as well as a data processing center.

Photos of the new unmanned system: the front, the front camera with night vision and the rear propelling system / Photo credit: United24

On the day of the campaign launch, U24 has already collected funds for the production of two unmanned systems already. The first one was named "Kherson" which is dedicated to the event that occurred on the same day – the liberation of Kherson, the biggest city russian forces had controlled since February 24.

The second one was funded by already famous for his initiatives Lithuanian journalist Andrius Tapinas who allocated previously raised $250,000 to this new campaign. In accordance with the conditions of the Ukrainian side, the Lithuanian people who provided this much will be able to choose themselves the name for the drone they funded.

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