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Victorious news of 611th day of war: Russian boat explodes in Sevastopol, Slovenian company secretly supplies Ukraine with drones

27 October, 2023 Friday

Germany has handed over four armored personnel carriers and an IRIS-T air defense system to Ukraine, Ukraine has begun testing a mine-clearing drone, and Slovenian manufacturer C-Astral has recently provided Ukrainian troops with reconnaissance systems

Military aid from Germany

Germany has announced a new military aid package for Ukraine, which includes another IRIS-T air defense system launcher, missiles for it, as well as armored personnel carriers and UAVs. The new package includes: IRIS-T SLM (long-range) surface-to-air missile system; missiles for IRIS-T; TRML-4D radar; 4 armored personnel carriers; 4 HX81 tank tractors; 4 tank trailers; 6 border guard vehicles; 8 Vector UAVs; 5 surface drones; 4 GO 12 counter-battery radars; and M26 cluster munitions for HIMARS.

For security reasons, the federal government refrains from providing details on transportation methods and dates until after the transfer.

Ukraine is testing a domestically produced autonomous minesweeper drone

Ukraine has begun testing an experimental model of the Ukrainian-made ST1 autonomous mine-clearing drone: it is currently being tested in the field, according to Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov.

"ST1 is an autonomous drone for mine detection. It is equipped with an inductor coil and sensors that allow it to fly around obstacles at low altitude. There is also a powerful microcomputer on board that processes data and transmits it to the sappers in real time," the statement says.

According to Fedorov, the ST1 can work 4 times faster than a human, so it will help to make the process of demining Ukrainian territories faster. Since the drone can operate autonomously, sappers from the SES, the Armed Forces and the National Police will be able to control it and search for mines from a safe place.

Currently, the team has produced an experimental model of the drone: it is being actively tested in the field to improve and scale up production.

Russian anti-mine boat Vladimir Kozitsky exploded in Sevastopol

In occupied Sevastopol, a large anti-mine boat named Vladimir Kozitsky exploded on a Russian mine.

Operational Command South's press center head Natalia Humeniuk said this during the telethon, Ukrinform reports.

"We cannot rule out such a "misfortune" in the Russian version, because let me remind you that even from the experience of how they set up minefields on the left bank, and then carelessly blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, they made life difficult for themselves by scattering the mines they were preparing for the Defense Forces with large water. Thus, not only heavenly, but also marine punishment will befall those who scattered mines in the Black Sea," noted Humeniuk.

Secret assistance for Ukraine

Slovenian drone manufacturer C-Astral has recently provided Ukrainian troops with reconnaissance systems, Defense News reports.

The Ukrainian military has been provided with Belin reconnaissance drones, and the new version of Belin-V is planned to be improved to provide protection against enemy and own electronic warfare systems.

"It (the drone - ed.) has actually been used by Ukrainians for some time now," said Jernej Moderk, a pilot of the Bramor drone at C-Astral, at the GSOF symposium held on October 24-26 in Brno.

"We have some channels of communication with the troops to make appropriate improvements."

It was not specified when and how many drones were delivered to Ukraine, but it is known that it was recently.

The Belin drone is fully manufactured and assembled in Slovenia by C-Astral. It is a drone designed primarily for reconnaissance and surveillance, as well as convoy escort. The system has a maximum duration of three hours and can operate at a distance of up to 40 kilometers (25 miles).

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