Russia has created a drone that is similar to the Switchblade 300, but twice as powerful.
The “military special operation” on the territory of Ukraine has shown that drones are effective in modern armed conflicts, writes Avia.pro. Drones are used for reconnaissance, fire adjustment and strikes. There are drones that return to base after being hit, but kamikaze drones are also widely used now.
Russian designers have managed to create a kamikaze drone, which is almost identical in design to the American Switchblade 300 drone, but almost twice as powerful.
This is the LAOP-500 drone. It was created by the Research and Production Association “Android Technology”. It can hit targets at distances up to 5 kilometers, remaining in flight for up to 20 minutes. this drone is launched by a special launcher.
Unlike the American Switchblade 300, the Russian unmanned aerial vehicle carries a warhead with a capacity of about 500 grams of TNT.
There is no information yet on whether the Russian military used this kamikaze drone against Ukrainian forces, but it looks like it may soon appear on the front lines.
It should be noted that Kyiv is now receiving drones of various types from NATO countries, and Turkey plans to build a UAV assembly plant directly on the territory of Ukraine.