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Ukrainian Army receives 206 Heavy Shot drones from Army of Drones

According to Ukrainska Pravda on October 26, 2023, the Defense Forces of Ukraine have recently acquired 206 domestically-produced Heavy Shot Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). These acquisitions were made under the "Army of Drones" state program, aimed at strengthening Ukraine's Armed Forces capabilities through the increased use of drones.
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The Heavy Shot UAV can carry explosive payloads of up to 40 kg at a range of up to 20 km (Picture source: OSINT (Uri)/Twitter)

Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, officially announced this significant deployment on the same day, emphasizing the versatility of these Heavy Shot UAVs. Their operational roles include targeting and neutralizing enemy infantry, military equipment, storage facilities, and control points.

The delivery of over 200 Heavy Shot attack drones to the frontlines marks a significant milestone in the ongoing implementation of the "Army of Drones" program. This project is a collaborative effort involving the Ukrainian Army, government, and private organizations, with the primary mission of upgrading and expanding the use of drones in the Ukrainian Armed Forces to counter Russia's substantial advantage in traditional air force capabilities.

Since the start of the war, Ukraine has employed drones for reconnaissance and attacks, even though these drones lack the firepower of traditional fighter jets. This strategy has enabled Ukraine to effectively surveil and disrupt Russian troops, enhancing Ukraine's military capabilities.

The significance of the acquisition of 200 Heavy Shot drones by the 'Army of Drones' initiative cannot be underestimated, as these drones are poised to significantly augment Ukraine's defense and offensive capabilities. The Heavy Shot UAVs are optimized for engaging enemy infantry, as well as targeting warehouses, command posts, and lightly armored vehicles.

The Heavy Shot UAV was conceived, developed, and manufactured entirely within Ukraine by Gurzuf Defence. This company offers a range of Heavy Shot drone configurations, with prices ranging from $10,000 to $15,000, making them a cost-effective choice for any armed forces.

The drone offers an operational range of up to 20 km and can carry payloads ranging from 10 to 40 kg, including standard and non-standard ammunition developed by sappers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

These UAVs are equipped with 2K cameras featuring a 30x zoom capability and 3-axis stabilization, a GPS navigation system designed to withstand electronic warfare, and an automatic return-to-base feature after completing their missions, enhancing their operational efficiency.


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