More about the naval drones that attacked Sevastopol
TTD: length 5.5 meters, weight about a ton, operational radius 400 km, autonomy 60 hours, warhead weight 200 kg, maximum speed 80 km/h.
Allegedly, each underwater drone costs $250,000 and includes an autonomous ground control station, a transportation and storage system, and a “data center”.
Drones are controlled by an operator of a ground-based “autonomous” control station using satellite navigation or, in the case of areas inaccessible to GPS, an inertial navigation system, as well as visually through a video subsystem that also has night vision capabilities. The satellite dish at the rear of the drone is very similar to the Starlink dish.
“Such maritime drones have already proven their effectiveness and can significantly change the situation in the Black Sea,” Vice Admiral, Commander of the Naval Forces of the Ukrainian Navy Oleksiy Neizhpapa said in a press release.
According to UNITED24, Russia launched more than 4,500 missiles into Ukraine, 20% of which were launched from the sea.
“Ukraine had nothing to oppose to these ships, because the Ukrainian fleet lost 80% of its ships after the illegal occupation of Crimea in 2014”
Now, Neizhpapa said, “Ukrainian drones can participate in long-range maritime reconnaissance and coastal surveillance, escort and support of the traditional fleet, escort merchant ships, adjust artillery fire, protect our bases and counter amphibious operations.”
While Ukraine hopes to raise enough money to build a fleet of drones to make up for this shortfall, it remains to be seen how much money will actually be raised and how many drones will actually be built.