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Russia's Navy to receive maritime version of loitering munition.

| Naval News Navy 2024

According to information published by Izvestia on March 11, 2024, the Russian Naval Forces are on the verge of incorporating a maritime version of the kamikaze drone, with the development phase nearing its conclusion.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Artist rendering of a Russian maritime kamikaze drone. (Picture source: Created by AI)

This new drone, poised for induction into naval service, will be operable from ships and boats, broadening the scope of naval tactical operations. Designed to target both maritime and terrestrial objectives, the drone is anticipated to contribute to amphibious assaults and countermeasures against enemy vessels, including unmanned ones, according to experts.

Defense Ministry sources reveal that the creation of this shipborne kamikaze drone is in its final stages. The drone's deployment directly from a ship's deck is a key feature, integrating it into naval combat scenarios. It aims to counter light crafts and motorboats utilized by adversaries, alongside unmanned enemy boats, thereby supporting marine infantry operations along coastlines.

Kamikaze drones have become prominent for their effectiveness in destroying enemy fortifications and armored units. Recent conflicts have showcased their efficiency, where drones have disabled significantly more costly armored vehicles. These drones play a critical role in precise attacks on enemy fortifications, artillery placements, ammunition depots, command and communication centers.

Launching drones from naval vessels introduces specific challenges, particularly in navigation over open waters and executing launches on the move. However, advancements by other nations suggest these challenges are surmountable.

The capability to deploy drones from the sea extends the operational reach of naval forces, enabling attacks on targets far from the coastline without the need to approach closely.

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