Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Ukrainian State Company Unveils Tube-Launched Aerial Drone

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Ukrspecexport, a Ukrainian state-owned company based in Kiev, debuted a tube-launched unmanned aerial vehicle here at the IDEX show.

The five-kilogram Sokil-2 UAV is designed to be launched from combat vehicles that are also equipped with anti-tank missiles, explained Yaroslava Zhuraved, senior foreign relations and marketing specialist at the company.

It is fully encapsulated in a launch tube that has a small booster charge at the bottom. After firing, the wings spring open. It has a range of 20 kilometers and can fly for about two hours, she said.

It carries a Japanese manufactured camera that searches for enemy tanks, vehicles or other targets. The remotely controlled aircraft uses GPS to navigate and mark the targets, she said. It does not carry a laser designator. Once an enemy target is spotted, then the home fighting vehicle can deploy its anti-tank missiles. A command-and-control center can also monitor its video feeds.

The UAV is not ready for export because the Ukrainian armed forces are still testing it, she said.

Gary Mortimer
Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.