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Ukraine has developed cheap FPV drones for attacking Russian trucks, ATVs and motorcycles

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun18,2024

Cheap FPV drones were developed in Ukraine to attack Russian trucks, ATVs and motorcycles

Queen Hornet FPV drones — this is the latest development of the non-profit organization Wild Hornets, which supplies combat drones to the Ukrainian armed forces. Their previous bestsellers were small kamikaze quadcopters that were extremely effective at destroying Russian tanks, artillery and other equipment. Wild Hornets' FPV drones start at $500 and are cheap (and fast) enough to chase down Russian logistics trucks and can shoot down ATVs and motorcycle assault troops. This is stated in the analytical publication of Forbes, the translation of which is offered by Foreign Ukraine.

Wild Hornets also pioneered the use of FPV drones as bombers. Instead of crashing into the target, they drop their bomb load and return to reload. They have more powerful motors than other quadcopters, so they can carry a payload of 2.5 kg. Wild Hornets co-founder Dmytro Prodaniuk noted that these bombers usually last 10-30 sorties.

Although Ukraine has a fleet of famous “Baba Yaga” night bombers, they are usually assigned to special strike units and are relatively expensive. over $20,000. The Queen Hornet costs only $1,000, making them affordable for mass use. Queen Hornet trials ended in April 2024 and they flew their first combat sorties together with the elite mace drone unit.

Previous Hornet models had frames ranging from 7 to 10 inches, the Queen Hornet has a 17-inch frame and more powerful engines. This gives a payload of 7kg (not 6kg as originally claimed).

The Queen Hornet is somewhere in the middle between large Baba Yaga drones capable of dropping anti-tank mines and small quadcopters. They can handle more complex tactical tasks while still being affordable enough for everyday use against simple targets. The Queen Hornet can act as a giant kamikaze when needed.

The Queen Hornet also plays a secondary role as an FPV carrier. Acting as a base ship and flying relay, it delivers the strike drone to the target area and provides radio relay for the operator. The main advantage is that it increases the FPV kamikaze range from about 16 km to 32 km.

Although most FPV attacks are conducted at much shorter ranges (70-80% of them are less than 10 kilometers away), the extended range is particularly useful for targeting Russian vehicles that are usually far from the front line, including artillery, salvo systems and anti-aircraft vehicles.

Several sources have reported that the Russians are now keeping their tanks away from the front lines because of the FPV threat. The increased range provided by the Queen Hornet means that tanks have to be pushed back even further or risk being tracked and 'shot down'. by FPV aircraft carriers.

The Queen Hornet is currently in mass production and Wild Hornets is raising funds to support this project. This is not exactly a technological leap, but a significant step forward in capabilities that did not even exist a few years ago and that other armies of the world can envy.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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