Russia’s Northern Fleet is planning to use attack unmanned aerial vehicles to accomplish combat tasks.Vitaliy Ankov / RIA Novosti
Russia’s Northern Fleet is planning to use attack unmanned aerial vehicles to accomplish combat tasks, Northern Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov said.
"As of today, unmanned aerial vehicles are mainly used to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. We are planning to use vehicles armed with weapons in future," Yevmenov said.
The commander did not specify when such weapons would be used.
The Northern Fleet’s 45th Air and Air Defense Army operates advanced unmanned aerial vehicles with various operational ranges.
According to the commander, the servicemen are successfully learning to operate them.
The 45th Air and Air Defense Army was formed as part of the Northern Fleet in late 2015.
The army comprises the Northern Fleet’s naval aviation, the Kola Air Defense Division and the 100th Shipborne Fighter Air Regiment operating the Mikoyan MiG-29K (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-D) plane.
The MiG-29K fighter jet can take off from the deck of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to accomplish tasks.
The air regiment has already undergone training at the NITKA ground-based facility in Crimea and is currently preparing to practice taking off from and landing on the ship’s deck.
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