| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

Ukraine says it successfully deploys 1,000 km drone

Ukraine has successfully employed a domestically built drone with a range of 1,000 km (620 miles), according to Ukroboronprom, the national armaments maker.

On Facebook, Ukroboronprom spokesperson Natalia Sad shared a photo with Ukraine’s commander-in-chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi, air force commander Mykola Oleshchuk, and Ukroboronprom CEO Yurii Husev. She stated that the photo was shot “after successfully flying our drone for 1000 kilometers.”

She provided no other details nor say if use of the drone meant it had been tested or actually deployed in the conflict.

Ukraine’s military, government, and private companies are working to create an arsenal of cheap and easy-to-produce drones whch they hope could become a game changer in the war against Russia. It has already employed drones for both reconnaissance and attacks.

In autumn 2022 Ukroboronprom said it was finalizing work on a new drone that had a range of 1000 km and a warhead weighing 75 kg.

On Tuesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed into law legislation to exempt domestic drone producers from customs duties and value-added tax, lawmaker Yaroslav Zheleznyak wrote on Telegram.

  • Reuters