The Russian army has received over 1,800 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of different types over the last six years, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official newspaper “Krasnaya Zvezda” (Red Star) reported.
“Over the last year, a qualitative leap has been made in the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Almost 400 military units and subunits were formed, and they received over 1,800 modern Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, which allows them to conduct reconnaissance at the depth of 500 km,” the newspaper said.
The technical characteristics of Russian UAVs are constantly being improved, the newspaper added. “In particular, the development of promising systems that are capable of fulfilling tasks at the depth of 3,000 km is underway,” the newspaper added.
Moreover, new UAVs can be used for electronic warfare, communications, and fire damage.
Krasnaya Zvezda also reported that more than 10,000 units of modern weapons and equipment have been received by the Russian Ground Forces over the last years.
“The development of the Ground Forces has reached a new level, which serves as the basis for creating cross-branch groups of conventional forces. The share of modern weapons and military equipment in the Ground Forces has grown from 15 to 45.8% over the last years, more than 10,000 units of modern weapons and equipment has been received by the Ground Forces,” the newspaper said.
According to the newspaper, the military capabilities of the Ground Forces to inflict fire damage on an enemy have increased by 45%, unit survivability - by 30%, and maneuver capabilities - by 1.5 times.
“Weapons trials continue at unified platforms Armata, Kurganets, Bumerang, Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled howitzers. It is worth noting that Ratnik-2 military equipment has been received by the Ground Forces, which ensures the high level of personnel protection. At the same time, the Ratnik-3 equipment system with even more advanced characteristics is being actively developed,” the newspaper added.