navigation-background arrow-down-circle Reply Icon Show More Heart Delete Icon wiki-circle wiki-square wiki arrow-up-circle add-circle add-square add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up calendar-circle chat-bubble-2 chat-bubble check-circle check close contact-us credit-card drag menu email embed facebook-circle snapchat-circle facebook-square facebook faq-circle faq film gear google-circle google-square googleplus history home instagram-circle instagram-square instagram linkedin-circle linkedin-square linkedin load monitor Video Player Play Icon person pinterest-circle pinterest-square pinterest play readlist remove-circle remove-square remove search share share2 sign-out star trailer trash twitter-circle twitter-square twitter youtube-circle youtube-square youtube

Ukraine Launches First Military UAV To Combat Insurgents

February 4, 2016 (Photo Credit: Ukroboronprom)

WARSAW — The Ukrainian state-owned defense company Ukroboronprom has built the country’s first military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to bolster Ukraine’s combat against Russia-backed insurgents in the country’s east.

The first batch of three drones was supplied to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Ukrobonoprom said in a statement. The BpAK-MP-1 UAV was built by the firm's subsidiary Meridian in cooperation with a research team from the Kiev Technical University.

"The path from the design phase to production was just one year," the statement said.

Yuriy Paschenko, the deputy director general of Ukroboronprom, said that the tactical version of the new drone, which will be fitted with combat capabilities, will made in late 2016 and supplied to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the first quarter of 2017.

The amount of the project was not disclosed.

Ukroboronprom is headquartered in Kyiv, Ukraine. The state-owned group consists of nearly 130 companies which are specialized in manufacturing and export sales of aircraft, missiles, armored vehicles, ships, munitions, radio communication and other types of arms and military equipment. The Ukrainian group was set up in 2010 with the aim of consolidating the country’s fragmented defense industry.

Next Article