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Ukrainian Sea Baby drone reportedly capable of fire missiles to target Russia Navy.


| Naval News Navy 2024

According to information published by Українська правда on January 1, 2024, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has unveiled a new version of the unmanned surface vessel SeaBaby.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Ukrainian uncrewed surface vessel SeaBaby. (Picture source: SBU)


The SeaBaby uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) have been upgraded to not only carry significant explosive charges but also to be equipped with rocket launchers and flamethrower systems. This dual capability allows these drones to engage enemy targets more directly and effectively.

A recent incident highlighted the SeaBaby drones' combat effectiveness. In this instance, the drones engaged Russian boats that emerged from a Crimean military port, intending to destroy the drones.

Rather than fleeing, the SeaBaby drones counterattacked, opening fire on the enemy boats. This encounter demonstrates the strategic value of these drones in naval confrontations, offering a combination of offensive and defensive capabilities.

The SeaBaby drones are known for their significant payload capacity, reportedly carrying up to 850 kg of explosives. The inclusion of advanced communication systems, each valued at over $300,000, and the use of radar-evasive materials in their construction, further enhance their operational effectiveness.

The development of these drones reflects a broader strategic approach by the Ukrainian military. The SBU is moving towards a multi-purpose platform concept for its naval drones, extending their utility beyond one-way kamikaze attacks to a range of tactical applications. This shift in strategy is part of Ukraine's broader effort to assert dominance in the Black Sea region and counter various maritime threats.

Analysis

Using drones for multiple purposes can be more cost-effective than deploying single-use kamikaze drones. These multi-role drones can be redeployed after completing their missions, offering better returns on investment and reducing the need for constant manufacturing of one-use drones.

The presence of multi-role drones that can strike unexpectedly or gather crucial intelligence undetected can have a significant psychological impact on adversaries.


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