Western Military District of Russian army to receive Granat and Eleron-3 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Russia’s Western Military District
has received ten Granat
unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in 2016, the district’s press office said. Russian armed forces continue to extend the use of UAVs in all military units.
Granat-1 portable reconnaissance UAV of Russian armed forces.
"Western Military District units have received another 10 unmanned aerial vehicles, including Granat and Eleron-3 UAVs with advanced electro-optical reconnaissance modules," the press office said.
"Officers of the UAV service have trained more than 100 specialists who are accomplishing reconnaissance tasks and searching for a simulated enemy’s targets both in the daytime and at night in all weather conditions within crews," the press office added.
In all, Western Military District unmanned aerial vehicles have logged more than 700 flight hours in 2016.
Over this period, UAVs took off more than 600 times
both in the daytime and at night in all weather conditions.
The unmanned aerial vehicles have enhanced the capabilities of reconnaissance units in the field and helped avoid military personnel and hardware losses in most cases.
The Granat-1 is a portable remotely operated suveillance drone. It has a maximum take-off weight of 2.5 kg
offering a payload capacity up to 0.4 kg.
It can fly at a maximum speed of 120 km/h
with a maximum endurance of 1.3 hours
Russian-made Eleron-3 reconnaissance UAV.
is Russian-made reconnaissance UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The Eleron-3 is a battery powered
with maximum takeoff weight of 5.3 kg.
It can fly at a speed from 50 to 130 km/h
with a maximum cruising range of 25 km.
The Eleron-3 has a flight endurance of up to 2 hours
at an altitude from 1,500 to 5,000 meters.
It is launched by throwing it and can land by flying close to the ground and shutting its engine off.
Another 10? I don't know what is the scale of small UAVs production, but seeing the size of these, I think that within a year, they can equip a lot, if not all reconaissance/artillery reconaissance units of a whole military district. Their range isn't much, I think that they will be issued to short-range mortar/artillery units. Most Russian artillery pieces (both towed and self-propelled howitzers and MLRS systems) have a range around/above 20-25 kilometers, so they will need a "Leer-3"/"Takhion" drone at least. MLRS regiments/brigades equipped with BM-30 "Smerch" MLRS systems will need an even longer range drone (80-100kms).