Forbes: Drones with new missiles will allow Russia to win a quick victory over Ukraine

Russia can count on a quick and relatively bloodless (on its part) victory as the only acceptable outcome of the conflict with Ukraine. Placing unmanned aerial vehicles on the front line instead of crewed combat aircraft eliminates the risk of losing pilots. Until today, Russia lacked a UAV to transform its unmanned fleet into a truly effective strike force. Now everything has changed, experts of Forbes magazine are sure.

In recent conflicts - especially in Nagorno-Karabakh, Libya and Syria - Russian-backed forces have been defeated by Turkish TB2 Bayraktar drones using laser-guided MAM-L missiles. Observing this, Russia began to search for similar solutions for arming its own UAVs. Today, Russian drones can carry both relatively large missiles, similar to the American Hellfire, and small submunitions.

One of the key missiles that the Russian UAVs will receive will be a modified version of the Kornet-D, known as the X-UAV. It has a range of at least 8 km and can destroy even the most heavy and well-armored vehicles.

They can even penetrate American Abrams tanks head-on.

- Forbes quotes the opinion of the newspaper's military expert "News".

The X-UAV weighs about 22,5 kg, about half the size of the Hellfire, so the pacer and Outpost-R drones will be able to carry several of these ammunition at once. The pacer, by the way, can also be armed with the more powerful and long-range Vikhr-M missile, originally developed for attack helicopters.

In Russia, there is another entertaining novelty - the S8-L rocket produced by the Kalashnikov concern. It was first presented at the Army-2021 exhibition. This is a modification of the well-known 80-mm unguided missile C8, which received laser guidance and is equipped with an anti-tank warhead.

Forbes: Drones with new missiles will allow Russia to win a quick victory over Ukraine

The S8-L concept is almost identical to the American Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, which turns 70mm missiles into an inexpensive precision weapon with the addition of a laser guidance system. The only difference is that the Russians want to use them against armored vehicles, not against manpower.

The relatively low weight of the C8-L (about 16 kg) means that even smaller drones can carry it.

All this can create a special headache for the Ukrainian military, from day to day awaiting the invasion of Russian troops. Yes, Russia has not yet demonstrated the strike capabilities of its UAVs in a real war, but military strategists have already drawn up different concepts of their use.
  • Photos used: screenshot from video Kalashnikov Media
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  1. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 14 January 2022 09: 53
    Be afraid of the vile soldier
  2. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 14 January 2022 10: 19
    This is just the beginning, Russia will soon be able to catch up with the West and get ahead of it in terms of the number of UAVs and the effectiveness of their use.
  3. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 14 January 2022 14: 22
    I don't think they have the patience. Like, let's start, how long can you wait laughing
    And we feed the Ukrainian Kobanchik.
    Our agrarian superpower firmly holds the second place in the sale of meat over the hill, poultry, beef and totem pork. smile
    We'll probably wait, they won't pick up cucumbers little by little feel
  4. oberon2000oberon (Evgeny Tikhonov) 14 January 2022 19: 15
    Do they seriously think that Russia needs "drones with new missiles" to defeat the Banderia? Well, if only to "close to combat" experience.
  5. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 14 January 2022 19: 55
    A quick victory would have been in 2014, if not for ssss .... aaaa .... leiii, and without drones. And now it is necessary to turn on the brains in order to win with little bloodshed.
    1. passing by Offline passing by
      passing by (passing by) 15 January 2022 08: 14
      hit a pile of excrement with a shovel for a quick win? laughing in the case of a hot phase, the villagers will not have gas, gasoline and light. they will not be up to the UAV, they will start eating their brood.
  6. AND Offline AND
    AND 14 January 2022 21: 09
    Quote: steel maker
    A quick victory would have been in 2014, if not for ssss .... aaaa .... leiii, and without drones. And now it is necessary to turn on the brains in order to win with little bloodshed.

    I don’t understand you, write that you are weaklings, and when you are about to beat, then the back immediately. A quick win in 2014 is only yours. Now is the right time, in terms of legal, weather, political, military, economic....exactly, period. Maybe this will be news to you, but the brains must always be included. smile Who are you for?
    1. alexneg13 Offline alexneg13
      alexneg13 (Alexander) 27 February 2022 15: 08
      It's a Soros robot. No soul, no heart, no conscience... This salovar needs more fat. He does not understand that they will put an end to the Nazis and they will take care of him too, and it does not matter in which country he lives. Now on the territory of Ukraine there is a war with NATO, and during the war all whiners are considered traitors to the Motherland. And what do they do during a war with traitors? No wonder the question arose of withdrawing from the CE and lifting the moratorium on the death penalty.
  7. S WITH Offline S WITH
    S WITH (N S) 14 January 2022 22: 58
    if the enemy does not have an analogue of the Thor's Shell, then the Russian UAV is not in danger
  8. sH, arK Offline sH, arK
    sH, arK 19 January 2022 19: 47
    It is not very clear why the author decided that Russia supported Armenia in Karabakh?! Rather, vice versa! It was not at all in the interests of Russia to help Pashinyan, and Karabakh was not formally recognized even by Armenia itself, and many, even later, from a hangover, asked - "why is Russia and the CSTO silent ?!" - and the answer is simple, but what should she say ?! Karabakh is not recognized by anyone, including by the Armenians themselves, formally - this is actually Azerbaijan!
    EVYN WIXH (EVYN WIXH) 10 February 2022 12: 37
    Some resources claimed that the main damage to the Armenians was caused by various MLRS, and the Turkish UAVs were simply made a good advertisement, of course, not from scratch, but greatly exaggerating their merits.