RF Armed Forces need more kamikaze UAVs of the Lancet family

Russian kamikaze UAVs of the Lancet family proved their effectiveness during the NMD and firmly established themselves in the RF Armed Forces as a useful weapon system. The results of the combat work of these loitering ammunition are increasingly flickering on the Web, but I would like the number of Lancets in the troops to increase, and the range of tasks they perform to expand.

Currently, the "Lancets" are used mainly by special forces and counter-battery units. They destroy or disable radars, air defense systems, various artillery systems and lightly armored machinery the adversary.

At the same time, the threat from the Lancets is taken very seriously in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They are fully aware of the problem there, because the safe movement of their equipment near the LBS is often associated with a small number of Lancets and low warhead power (they cannot destroy a tank). Therefore, to counter them, they are going to create an entire air defense system, the basis of which will be a large number of mobile all-round radars and early warning radar systems that detect similar kamikaze UAVs.

Radars should complement video surveillance posts with thermal imagers, which will be armed with heavy machine guns, anti-aircraft artillery systems and various electronic warfare systems. Thus, in order to counter a small and cheap loitering ammunition, the enemy will have to divert large forces and assets along the entire front.

That is why the "Lancets" will need a lot, and they should appear on the equipment and linear parts. It would be great if one of the versions of the "Lancet" became something like an anti-tank system and could hit targets in the front line both on the basis of received foreign intelligence and in its own search mode. The higher the density of "Lancets" per square kilometer, the better. A long-range kamikaze UAV with a range of up to 250 km would also be useful, which would be used to strike at the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine located in the rear.
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  1. Kuramori Reika Offline Kuramori Reika
    Kuramori Reika (Kuramori Reika) 31 January 2023 17: 46
    But I’m wondering, we have a wild consumption of artillery and conventional ammunition, and the cost of shells is in the region of 100 thousand rubles per unit. Will the Russian Defense Ministry take steps to create new factories, production lines and reduce the cost of ammunition?

    Are these shells, by today's standards, something super-technological? I understand that in the 70s and 80s it was not easy to achieve the minimum tolerances in mass production, but now it's the 21st century. With proper skill and funding, anyone can solve this problem even in their own garage. 100 thousand rubles for one shell is not the case.
    1. Nike Offline Nike
      Nike (Nikolai) 31 January 2023 21: 36
      Did you see a large-caliber gun and spent cartridges near it in the video? brass sleeves! they haven’t been made for 60 years, it’s all from the USSR, and the shells are from there, so where did 100 thousand come from?
  2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 31 January 2023 17: 55
    The need for UAVs was known to the top authorities of the RF Ministry of Defense with S. Shoigu ahead, as was the experience of the USA, Israel and other Turkey!. There were single ostentatious samples "having no analogues", but there were no series, because the money "melted" before the production of UAVs. As in a joke: an official of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to a representative of an enterprise: Your product is good in everything, but we can’t order it, it’s too cheap.
  3. Dmitry Volkov Offline Dmitry Volkov
    Dmitry Volkov (Dmitry Volkov) 31 January 2023 20: 06
    We need a consumption of 100 pieces per day and we need to strive for this and further upgrade the Lancet soldier
  4. DO Offline DO
    DO (Dmitriy) 31 January 2023 20: 23
    the safe movement of their vehicles near the LBS is often associated with a small number of Lancets and low warhead power (they cannot destroy the tank)

    Judging by the press, the mass of the Lancet3 warhead can be 5 kg, and its type is cumulative fragmentation. But if all 5 kt of the warhead were an enhanced shaped charge, wouldn't it be able to disable the tank, especially since video guidance allows the operator to attack the tank in vulnerable places?

    a long-range kamikaze UAV with a range of up to 250 km would be useful, which would be used to strike at units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine located in the rear.

    Yes, judging by the media, Geran-1, which has a range of over 1000 km, is guided only by GLONASS, and does not have video guidance in the final section of the trajectory, which is necessary to attack moving targets. Why not arrange for Geranium-1 to be equipped with video equipment from the Lancets?
    On the other hand, Geranium may be redundant to disable tanks. Therefore, it is possible to hang a pair of Lancets3 with a reinforced cumulative warhead under the wings of the Orion UAV (or its Iranian counterpart), and deliver the Lancet3 kamikaze drones wherever necessary, and Orion would be a repeater of video and control radio channels, and would be additionally armed with anti-radar missiles?
  5. Siegfried Offline Siegfried
    Siegfried (Gennady) 5 March 2023 16: 19
    and to repel ground attacks, some enterprise in Russia might think what can be done with the S-60 anti-aircraft gun 57mm.

    If you imagine this weapon in a standard version in an ambush, for example, or a modification,
    including - electric drives that allow you to aim the gun freely with one hand like a light machine gun in combination with a recoil absorber that allows the gunner not to break away from high-quality optics (where there is also a thermal imager). Power can be from 3-5 batteries from electric scooters for example.

    If, in a standard version, aiming a gun at moving targets is extremely doubtful, with multiple targets, the speed of hitting one after another generally seems like a kamikaze mission, then in a modified version of the S-60 it can become a deadly surprise for lightly armored vehicles (perhaps even the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle). The calculation will be able to extremely quickly and extremely accurately hit 5 targets, perhaps even in 5 seconds.

    Modify 30-50 guns, create hidden caponiers for them, extremely camouflaged in all threatened directions. When the direction of the Ukrainian offensive becomes clear, covertly deliver and covertly place these anti-aircraft guns in the already created caponiers. Cover the whole thing with mines, 120 mm mortars (this is when the infantry starts to climb out of the damaged equipment) and several ATGMs in case of heavy equipment.