Today we will focus on drones. I have this piece by reporter Dmitry Zubarev, the headline reads:
Shoigu Announced The Introduction Of Strategic Drones Among The Troops
Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu appeared at a meeting at the Defense Ministry collegium and announced that: “In the very near future drones will be quickly provided to Russian troops.” This announcement can be filed under the rubric of “lessons learned, and lessons learned quickly” — one of the reasons why Russia is winning this war is because their commanders have been able to adapt nimbly to changing conditions and setbacks. In war time things happen quickly, and innovations are introduced under real-time crisis conditions. Which is why, as I have said, war is the best war game of all. A simulated war might not have revealed some of these stark weaknesses in the Russian strategic toolbox. War is also a time when one can observe the enemy in action and learn some lessons from him, if he has something useful to teach. In this case, the enemy is NATO, and the Russians are learning something from him.
It’s not like Russia never used drones before, they did. It’s just that Shoigu, watching the Ukrainian experience, and also how the Ukrainian army uses drones, has come to think that the use of these devices must be expanded to the strategic level.
Shoigu: The use of these machines will help to conserve the lives of soldiers, and will also significantly lower expenses for the solving of intelligence-gathering and other military tasks; will also help to lower expenses for ammunition and aviation resources. “Modern complexes of operative flying drone apparati continue to arrive every day, and are being deployed in our army and fleet.”
As in many other hardware issues, Syria was a big testing ground for these devices, starting as early as 2015. Since the start of the Syrian operation, over 58,000 drone sorties were accomplished over the skies of Syria.
Meanwhile, Shoigu’s Deputy, Alexei Krivoruchko announced that Russia is busy producing a new model called the C-70 Okhotnik (“Hunter”). The first prototype recently was produced at a Novosibirsk Aviation Factory named after Chkalov. This is a 6-generation drone which can perform complex reconnaissance missions and also carry rockets and bombs, while also serving as a helper to piloted aircraft.