Russia introduces improved Privet-82 kamikaze drone for combat use in Ukraine

Російський дрон-камікадзе Привіт-82
Російський дрон-камікадзе Привіт-82

Russia's Privet-82 kamikaze drone, reportedly used in the war against Ukraine, has been upgraded and modified, Russian propaganda agency TASS reported, citing Russia’s Oko design bureau.

"Gradually, a new version of the device has been created — the Privet-82M1," the drone's developers said, adding that they are continuing to work on improvements, "receiving feedback and recommendations during the combat use of the device."

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The drone has a range of up to 30 kilometers and a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour, with a payload of up to 5.5 kilograms. It can be controlled from a basement or shelter by placing video and control repeaters with a directional antenna on a hill.

Meanwhile Ukrainian experts are studying downed Russian drones, including the purpose of a Kyivstar SIM card recently found in a downed Shahed kamikaze drone, Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said earlier on national television.

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Russian “Lancet” drones are recognized as one of the most potent recent additions to Russia’s arsenal as it seeks to get past Ukraine’s increasingly effective air defenses, the UK Defense Ministry reported on Nov. 1.

Russian forces have begun using a new version of the Lancet kamikaze drone, named “Izdeliye-53,” which is capable of autonomously identifying targets, reported U.S.-based think tank the Institute for the Study of War on Oct. 29. Analysts suggest that the Russian command may believe that more kamikaze drones will help Russian forces overcome Ukrainian air defenses.

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