VIDEO Ukraine has admitted for the first time to attacking the Russian fleet in Crimea with maritime drones. The first USV purchased through United24 will be called “Herson”

Ukraine has acknowledged that its forces carried out attacks on the Black Sea Fleet from Sevastopol in Crimea late last month, CNN reports. Also, Ukraine announces that through the United24 platform, dedicated to raising funds for a fleet of maritime drones, enough money has been collected for the purchase of the first drone of the 100 that will form the USV fleet. from Ukraine.

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A press release from the United24 government platform, dedicated to raising funds for a fleet of maritime drones, specifies that “on October 29, 2022, mairitme drones struck Russian ships, [într-o operațiune] performed exclusively with unmanned devices”.

The platform said the “small and fast” drones damaged three Russian ships, including Admiral Makarov, a warship frigate that is also the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

Russian authorities acknowledged damage to one dredger, but no other vessel. There has been no independent confirmation that Makarov was seriously damaged.

This is the first time that Ukraine has staged such an attack, after footage circulating on social media captured the moment of the Ukrainian attack on the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea and showed how one of the drones comes very close to the Admiral Makarov frigate.

According to HI Sutton, an independent defense analyst, the type of drone used by Ukraine in October to attack the Russian navy in Sevastopol is the same one found in September near the base.

The crowdfunding site said its goal was “to assemble a fleet of 100 such maritime drones. They will defend the waters of our seas, prevent Russian missile-carrying ships from leaving the Gulf, protect merchant ships and carry out covert missions. »

He estimated the cost of each maritime drone at $250,000.

“The Russian fleet is constantly terrorizing Ukraine and our cities. 100 general-purpose surface devices will cement the success of the Navy after the sinking of the cruiser Moskva and the recapture of Snake Island. They will also give us the opportunity to better protect both the sea ​​and the entire territory of our country,” said Vice Admiral Oleksi Neijpapa, Commander of the Naval Forces of the Ukrainian Navy.

The first maritime drone purchased through United24 will be called the Herson

The first USV (unmanned surface vehicle) purchased under the United24 initiative launched by the government will be called Herson, Mihailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, said on Telegram, according to Ukrainska Pravda.

“Sufficient funds have been raised for the first USV. His name will be “Kherson”.

This is a unique and listed Ukrainian development. The price includes [urmatoarele articole]: a drone equipped with an automatic pilot system; video subsystems, including night vision; special means of communication protected from the influence of enemy electronic warfare equipment; spare communication modules and a combat unit. Plus an autonomous ground control station, a transport and storage system, a data center and some special surprises for our enemies.

Volodymyr Zelensky announced on November 5 will launch a fundraising campaign for a fleet of maritime drones via the United24 online platform,

Have the Ukrainians developed a kamikaze maritime drone?

Explosive boats are not a new invention, having been developed by the Italians during World War II and used to this day, most recently by Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the Red Sea.

Its appearance on a Sevastopol beach in September suggests it has a long enough range to be useful, although Naval News analysts believe it could also be launched from an aircraft.

Moreover, because of its small size, close to that of a kayak, it would have a very difficult radar signature. Everything visible in the photos also suggests that it was designed for high speeds.

The Ukrainians have not announced that they have developed such a maritime drone, but they are known to have several homemade weapons which they used against the Russian invaders. The most famous of these is the Neptun anti-ship missile used to sink Moskva, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, in April.

In an interview in July, General Serhii Krivonos, the former commander of Ukrainian special forces, mentioned that Ukraine also has several domestically-made rocket launchers, the Vilkha and Vilkha-M systems capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 120 kilometers.

However, the Ukrainian general charged at the time that investments there were neglected.

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