Belarus can help Russia with the destruction of Ukrainian naval drones and kamikaze UAVs


In Russia, at the HeliRussia-2024 exhibition in Moscow (taking place on June 10-12, 2024), the Belarusian unmanned reconnaissance and attack helicopter Hunter was presented for the first time. Its developer and manufacturer is the Unmanned Helicopters Design Bureau (Minsk, former Indela).

The device was officially presented in June 2021 and during this time has undergone a number of improvements. According to the chief designer of this company, Vladimir Chudakov, the rotary-wing drone received completely updated mechanics and electronics, as well as new software. According to him, the device can destroy surface drones, low-speed air targets, armored vehicles at any time of the day machinery and enemy manpower.

Considering the relevance of countering Ukrainian high-speed and maneuverable unmanned marine boats in the Black Sea, many hastened to call this device a “killer” of BECs. In this regard, there was an interest in studying what Hunter is, the price of the complex was never announced.

The complex includes: two unmanned helicopters, two transport platforms and two mobile stations - control and ground support for flights. Each Hunter can be armed with a remote-controlled turret with a PKT (Kalashnikov tank machine gun) of 7,62 mm caliber with an uninterrupted supply of ammunition for 550 rounds, carry two suspension units of four unguided aircraft missiles (unguided aircraft missiles) each of 57 mm caliber and 16 small-caliber ( anti-tank) air bombs with targeting equipment. It is also equipped with a gyro-stabilized optical-electronic system and an on-board defense system.

According to the presented performance characteristics, the take-off (maximum) weight of the unmanned helicopter is 750 kg, of which 200 kg is allocated for the payload. The flight duration at altitudes of 100-500 m is 6 hours, the service ceiling is 3000 m. The device can move at a speed of 180 km/h for a distance of up to 150 km, and the ascent speed is 7 m/s. Fuel reserve – 180 l (gasoline with octane number 95), consumption – 24-36 l/h.

Considering the current state of the battlefield, the saturation of FPV drones, the participation of an unmanned Hunter helicopter as a means of supporting attacking infantry will be problematic. The use of NARs is an ineffective relic of the past; guided missiles are needed. As for countering BECs and kamikaze UAVs, the Hunter can really be useful if it is not overloaded with NARs and aerial bombs, and only a machine gun with an increased number of cartridges and an additional tank of fuel are left as weapons of destruction.
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  1. -1
    11 June 2024 13: 21
    It is quite difficult to destroy BEC with machine guns from helicopters (there were videos), instead of a machine gun on the Okhotnik (Hunter) helicopter, 4-6 missiles of the “Whirlwind” type and similar ones, especially with homing, are more effective. Regarding anti-UAVs, it is possible to strengthen the propeller, and chop and blow away small plastic UAVs with the air flow from the propeller. For larger UAVs, air-to-air RS is needed. Such an unmanned helicopter can be successfully used, with appropriate weapons, against all: ground, surface, and air drones.
  2. 0
    11 June 2024 15: 36
    Rockets are a good thing, but very complicated and expensive. And the BECs will maneuver intensively when they see pursuit. It might be advisable to come up with hanging containers for it with quick-firing machine guns (there were some of these somewhere, they were added a little in Belarus) like cannon ones. The only problem is that, as I understand it, these containers are attached rigidly and they are aimed by turning the body of the entire machine, and this is difficult. If only it were possible to cut down a container that would have at least some targeting capability (but this is apparently from the realm of science fiction).
  3. -1
    11 June 2024 16: 10
    Complete crap. It’s easier to equip the fleet with sensors and an automatic turret. All this looks like cutting the budget.
    1. 0
      11 June 2024 18: 18
      Calculate how many expensive automatic turrets will be needed for the entire fleet, a five-year task, at huge costs. Moreover, protection is needed here and now. When a dozen BECs approach a ship at speed and maneuver, especially at night, it’s too late to “drink Borjomi”, and no turrets will save them; they’ll break out of the pack. A bullet hit does not mean that the BEC is disabled; it is necessary to be hit by explosive ammunition from small-caliber artillery to initiate an explosive attack on the BEC. It is possible to damage the engine or the control box, but the likelihood is low. Therefore, a hit by a RS with sufficient explosives initiates the detonation of the BEC charge. or causes damage that reduces the characteristics of the BEC. fire ships.. Therefore, duty UAVs with a set of weapons will be a universal means “for all occasions,” both at sea and on land.
  4. +1
    11 June 2024 18: 26
    Unguided rockets are the best thing if you shoot from a hundred meters away.
    But carrying a heavy machine gun, which will throw this machine with recoil after each shot, is not a very good idea.
  5. +1
    12 June 2024 08: 44
    Anything - Belarusians, Iranians, North Koreans, maser-lasers... And yet the fleet is sitting there up to its neck... Remember the air defense of the US fleet at the end of the war - during attacks by air and water kamikazes... A mass of small-caliber artillery, a curtain of fire ...Scientists ...
    1. 0
      12 June 2024 18: 30
      Do not confuse different things, both by time and by class of ships. What you suggested is still possible for a cruiser, only there are no cruisers left, only corvettes, where there is nowhere to stick three artillery installations. A curtain of fire, this is interesting, but how can one practically create such a thing on a second-class ship and below.