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Ukrainian Security Service Reveals New 800-km Range Morok Drone

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The Morok UAV of the Ukrainian SSU Special Operations Center "A" / Original photo credit: Security Service of Ukraine; enhanced by Defense Express
The Morok UAV of the Ukrainian SSU Special Operations Center "A" / Original photo credit: Security Service of Ukraine; enhanced by Defense Express

Sometimes, in order to raise money for long-range attack weapons, Ukraine's special agency needs to unveil their secret projects a little

Security Service of Ukraine used an interesting way to remind the people of their fundraising campaign aimed to fund the loitering munitions called Morok (stands for darkness in Ukrainian). The aerial vehicle has a flight range of 800 km, or almost 500 miles.

This might be the most long-range weapon in Ukraine's arsenal, except for maybe the Bober drone, the range of which is yet unknown but might reach 1,400 km at most.

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The call for donations on the Morok was published on the official social media of SSU. The total sum of funds required is UAH 60 mln for 33 drones. That is, a drone might cost around ₴1.81 mln, or roughly USD 50,000. The price might include the expenses on development.

For comparison, an iranian mass-produced Shahed-136 has an estimated value of $20,000 to $50,000.

"It will be another response to the enemy. The flight distance of such drones is 800 km. Thus, the [explosions] from the SSU will be brighter and more unexpected," said Oleh Yemets, one of unit commanders at Special Operations Center "A" – SSU's special forces who will be operating this drone.

The post also includes two photos which look more like rendered images but still give a hint about the design of the Morok loitering munition. Apparently, it has an internal combustion engine located in the back.

The Morok UAV of the Ukrainian SSU Special Operations Center
The Morok UAV of the Ukrainian SSU Special Operations Center "A" / Original photo credit: Security Service of Ukraine; enhanced by Defense Express

The shape of the airframe is quite unusual: the general wing configuration resembles canard, yet it has no foreplane and has a vertical stabilizer, therefore we witness a rather rare in modern aviation tailless configuration.

This design was quite popular among supersonic aircraft in the 1960s-70s, for instance, the Dassault Mirage fighter, Concorde and Tu-144 airliners, and SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance UAV were tailless. In contrast, subsonic aviation mostly employed canard or flying wing.

Mirage 2000
Mirage 2000 / Photo credit: Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace

In our case, most likely, it was a rendered image published so it doesn't necessarily have to show the real Morok, and especially reveal its weaknesses to the enemy. The important thing here is the fact that Ukrainian drones are developing more and more, reaching new bigger attack ranges and adapting for mass production.

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