Russian Army Ordered Unmanned Flying Flamethrowers
(Source: Izvestia; published Oct. 5, 2021)
(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)
The Russian Army’s Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense Troops (RKhBZ) have finalized their requirements for small UAVs that will be capable of dropping thermobaric and incendiary munitions. (Russian MoD photo)
Flamethrower (barometric weapons in Russian parlance--Ed.) drones will appear in the Russian army. The Ministry of Defense has agreed on the tactical and technical requirements for new weapons systems for radiation, chemical and biological protection (RHBZ) troops, sources in the military department told Izvestia. In particular, unmanned flamethrower systems were included in the list of new products.

They will be based on small unmanned aircraft or quadcopters. UAVs will be able to hit the enemy using compact thermobaric or incendiary charges. Experts note that such weapons systems will become especially dangerous in urban combat conditions, as well as in the destruction of enemy fortifications. They will help save the lives of civilians and soldiers in street battles.

Fire and "Bumblebee"

The complex provides for several types of unmanned aerial vehicles - both built according to traditional designs and multicopters. The main task of the drones is to destroy the enemy with thermobaric or incendiary ammunition, which they will drop from above.

The head of the RChBZ troops, Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, has already reported that work is underway to create a new flamethrower kit based on a drone with ammunition for various purposes. It will be equipped with a modern round-the-clock sighting tool, which will significantly increase the combat capabilities of flamethrower units.

The units of the RChBZ have weapons systems for solving any problems. Among them are the Bumblebee hand-held rocket-throwers and the Buratino, Solntsepek and Tosochka heavy flame-throwing systems. But with the advent of flamethrower drones, the RChBZ troops will receive a full range of weapons, military expert Viktor Murakhovsky told Izvestia.

“Drones will allow you to quickly destroy targets in urban areas, as well as hidden in the folds of the relief or located in engineering structures,” the expert explained. “They are needed to hit important targets in the tactical rear of the enemy - for example, ammunition and fuel depots, communications centers and unarmored equipment on which command posts are based.”

Precise strikes with incendiary and thermobaric supplies will minimize collateral damage during hostilities, he said.

“Such drones will be indispensable in street battles,” concluded Viktor Murakhovsky. “They will allow avoiding the destruction of buildings that are not related to military infrastructure, as well as reduce losses among civilians and military personnel. It is better to lose two drones or robots than one soldier.” (end of excerpt)

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