Russians deploy new attack drone with autonomous target identification capabilities – ISW
Russian troops have adopted an upgraded version of the Lancet kamikaze drone, capable of independently recognizing targets
The ISW's report confirms this development.
The new “kamikaze” drone, known as Izdeliye-53, has been in use by the Russians since October 21. It's equipped with an automatic guidance system that can differentiate between different types of targets, increasing the likelihood of a successful strike.
While Izdeliye-53 isn't yet in widespread use, the military is testing these drones for potential mass synchronized swarm attacks.
On October 24, ISW reported that Russian forces used the new Italmas (also known as Izdeliye-54) drones during an attack on the Kyiv region.
Russian military leadership believes that a large number of these attack UAVs will help them overcome Ukrainian air defenses. However, it's important to note that Izdeliye-53 drones have a payload capacity of only 3 to 5 kg, which might not be sufficient to cause significant damage to critical military targets.
Previously, Yuriy Ihnat, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Forces Command, mentioned that Russia was deploying unknown types of drones to attack Ukraine. These drones were reportedly using engines purchased from the Chinese website AliExpress.