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Russia produces Lancet attack drones on machines from Japan, South Korea

4 August, 2023 Friday
16:28

A video about the production of Lancet 'kamikaze' drones by Russians, using equipment from Japan and South Korea, has been made publicly available

This is reported by Defense Express. 

It was discovered that Russia constructs the cases for these barrage weapons using industrial equipment manufactured in Japan and South Korea, which was most likely used and/or purchased from "third parties." 

The Russians employ a robotic machine from the Japanese company FANUC to drill the appropriate technical holes in the bodies of the Lancet 'kamikaze' drones. This particular sample of equipment had scuffs on several surfaces, which signals two things: the machine was used at the time of purchase, it may have been obtained through intermediaries, and it could have been documented as "civilian equipment," so the distribution was not subject to sanctions control.

"The next piece of equipment that was highlighted was Hyundai's WIA KF 4600, a vertical machining machine that can include 30 tools in the standard configuration and 40 tools in the extended configuration. Depending on the selected operating mode, the spindle speed can range from 12,000 to 15,000 revolutions per minute," the company writes. 

Furthermore, the Russians demonstrated that milling and drilling machines from the South Korean DOOSAN T4000L series, with a spindle speed of 12,000 rpm, and the VC 630 series, with 81 tools in the standard configuration and 120 tools in the extended configuration, are used to machine elements of the Lancet drone bodies.

The Russian propaganda video also features a 31I CNC machine made by FANUC.

"In fact, in all of the above cases, we were talking about metalworking equipment intended for the civilian market. And this is actually very important for understanding what kind of industrial base Russia uses to produce its Lancet 'kamikaze' drones," Defense Express reports. 

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