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Russians deploy Lancet drones for strikes on Ukraine's artillery – UK intelligence

Wednesday, 1 November 2023, 11:36
Russians deploy Lancet drones for strikes on Ukraine's artillery – UK intelligence

The Russians have deployed Lancet kamikaze drones at the front to attack Ukrainian Defence Forces artillery.

Source: UK Defence Intelligence review on Twitter (X) dated 1 November, as reported by European Pravda

Quote: "Russia deploys Lancets to attack priority targets and they have become increasingly prominent in the key counter-battery fight, striking enemy artillery."


Details: UK Defence Intelligence says the Lancet small one-way action unmanned aerial systems are likely to be one of the most effective new assets that Russia has deployed in Ukraine in the past 12 months.

"Traditionally, Russia has used small UAVs mainly for reconnaissance. With its attack capability, Lancet has been a step change in how Russia uses this category of weapons," the UK Defence Ministry said.

Lancets are produced by the aircraft manufacturing company ZALA Aero Group. ZALA also manufactures small unarmed Orlan-10 UAVs, which Russia often uses with Lancet to detect targets. At the same time, UK intelligence notes that Ukraine has also achieved success with small UAVs.

They are designed for piloting over enemy territory, waiting for a target to be detected, diving down to it and blowing it up.


  • UK Defence Intelligence has noted a long pause in Russia's use of long-range aircraft for missile strikes on Ukraine and connected it to the stockpiling of ammunition for the winter.
  • The UK Ministry of Defence previously analysed the situation in the lower Dnipro River, pointing out that Russian artillery has retained significant potential in the area.

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