Forbes: Ukraine’s Next-Generation Drone Fleet Is Packed With Upgrades

March 01, 2023

The latest U.S. security assistance package to Ukraine shows a commitment to enhanced drones, with four new types specifically mentioned:

— The Jump 20 UAS is an unusual vertical take-off tactical reconnaissance machine from AeroVironment, Inc. With an endurance of 14 hours and a range of over a hundred miles , the Jump-20 is perhaps nearest to Russia’s Orlan-10, a machine which is much derided for its crude construction but gives Russia an envied long-endurance observation platform. The more sophisticated Jump-20 will provide intelligence for HIMARS and the new Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb and other long-range weapons as Ukraine hits targets further behind the front line.

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