C4iSR: Air

Russian military focuses on C-UAV capabilities

19 November 2019

Russia’s Aerospace Forces (VKS) are focusing on counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) missions, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release published on its website on 14 November.

“During this year’s training, VKS air defence and radio-technical troops practised detecting and engaging all kinds of aerial targets, with an emphasis on the elimination of small low-flying threats, including unmanned aerial vehicles,” said the MoD, adding that in 2019 the VKS had conducted 15 tactical live firing events with the S-400, S-300 family, and Pantsir-S air defence systems.

C-UAV defence was also practised during the Russo-Egyptian exercise ‘Strela Druzhby’ (‘Arrow of Friendship’) 2019, held near Cairo on 26 October-7 November, with joint teams operating Shilka-M4 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns and Igla-S man-portable air defence systems to destroy aerial targets simulating combat UAVs.

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