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The Chinese company Tsingaero Armaments is going to launch the production of helicopter-type drones in Russia on the territory of Tatarstan. According to the head of the company’s board, the company “chose” Russia to implement this project and “perhaps it will be the only partner country.” The company's drones are used in the military sphere for reconnaissance, transportation, communications relay and battlefield surveillance. In addition, drone helicopters are used in the civilian field, for example, to extinguish fires. Tsingaero Armaments has developed drones and synchrocopters, their rotors are located at an angle to each other, their planes of rotation intersect. When using this scheme, the drone has higher stability and its load capacity is 30% higher. Accurate characteristics of drones on the screen. Depending on the model, drones have a carrying capacity of 60 to 250 kg, can stay in the air for 3 to 5 hours and have a flight range of 200 to 500 km, reaching speeds of up to 270 km/h.

The Russian army has begun to use the Bee queen drone, but there is no technical information about it yet. The drone is made according to the VTOL scheme, that is, a hybrid of an airplane and a quadcopter, it is equipped with an internal combustion engine and can transport and launch FPV drones. Judging by its size, the Bee UAV can carry one FPV drone placed on top. The use of the Bee UAV as a carrier of FPV drones allows you to significantly increase the range of use of FPV drones, since the UAV relays signals from FPV drones and increases their range. Judging by the development of drones, unmanned aircraft will soon become a separate branch of the military.

Heavy-duty FAB-3000 bombs began to be made in Russia, review. The Russian Minister of Defense visited enterprises of the military-industrial complex in the Nizhny Novgorod region, where he got acquainted with the production process of the Russian heavy-duty bomb FAB-3000. In the video you can also see the production of Russian aerial bombs FAB-1500 and FAB-500T, we previously showed this plant, the video can be found in the “Russian Military Factories” playlist. The plant's management reported that it had restored the mass production of FAB-3000 aerial bombs, increased the production of FAB-500 aerial bombs many times over, and also doubled the production of FAB-1500-M54 bombs. Such results were achieved thanks to the reactivation of capacities, technical re-equipment and modernization of production lines; the plant also hired about 1000 more people.

As reported, FAB-3000 bombs will also be equipped with flight planning and correction modules (UMPC). Most likely, the correction module will be equipped with an accelerator to avoid the aircraft entering the air defense zone. It is worth noting that the bomb can be carried by a Tu-22M3 bomber and theoretically by a Su-34 aircraft. The FAB-3000 air bomb was put into service in 1954 and is intended to destroy industrial and other large objects. You can see the bomb's structure on the screen. Typically, a bomb is dropped from a height of up to 16 thousand meters at a flight speed of up to 1200 km/h. The radius of complete destruction of the FAB-3000 bomb is about 46 meters, the fragmentation field when crushing the body and destroying the target is 260 meters. The enemy within a radius of up to 158 meters receives severe concussions. The total mass of the bomb is 3067 kg, it is loaded with 1387 kg of TNT and has 3 fuses.

MANPADS Verba of Russia review and design of the complex. A Russian serviceman showed how the fourth generation Verba MANPADS works, which will be shown below. The 9K333 Verba man-portable anti-aircraft missile system was developed by JSC Mechanical Engineering Design Bureau and entered service in 2015. The Verba MANPADS is a further development of the Igla-S MANPADS and is up to 1.5-2 times more effective than it. The 9K333 Verba complex includes a 9M336 high-explosive fragmentation anti-aircraft missile, a 9P521 launcher and a 1L229V ground radio interrogator. Additionally, a removable night vision sight 1PN97M "Mowgli-2M" and a small-sized radar 1L122 "Garmon" with a laptop can be used; the radar provides target detection at a range of up to 80 kilometers.

The Verba MANPADS almost does not respond to heat traps and other interference. This is achieved thanks to a particularly sensitive three-spectral missile homing head, operating in the ultraviolet and two infrared ranges. The Verba MANPADS can destroy not only helicopters and airplanes, but also UAVs and cruise missiles. The Verba MANPADS is superior not only to the Igla-S MANPADS, but also to the American FIM-92 Stinger. For comparison: the Igla-S MANPADS hits air targets at altitudes of up to 3.5 kilometers, the Stinger MANPADS up to 3.8, and the Verba MANPADS up to 4.5 kilometers. In addition, the lower limit of the target acquisition height for the Stinger MANPADS is 180 meters, and the Verba MANPADS begins to operate from ten meters. The Verba MANPADS is capable of hitting targets at a range of up to 6400 meters and target flight speeds of up to 500 m/s, the MANPADS reaction time is 8 seconds, and the weight is 17.25 kg. The cost of the Verba MANPADS is supposedly about 150 thousand dollars, and it is supplied only to Armenia.

The Russian diesel-electric submarine "Volkhov", project 636.3 "Varshavyanka", of the Pacific Fleet, fired from an underwater position with a "Caliber-PL" cruise missile. The shooting was carried out at a coastal target in the Khabarovsk Territory, the firing range exceeded 1000 km. Kalibr-PL cruise missiles are placed in 533 mm torpedo tubes of submarines. “The Kalibr-PL missile is a missile torpedo, first the torpedo is launched, after which the torpedo part is removed and then the missile flies in the air. The Volkhov submarine was launched in 2019 and has a crew of 52 people.

Russian repair units have published an episode of the installation of a turret with a 30-mm 2A72 cannon from a Russian BTR-82A armored personnel carrier on a Ukrainian abandoned BWP-1 infantry fighting vehicle. The BWP-1 infantry fighting vehicle is a Polish copy of the Soviet BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle, it was produced since 1967 and was subsequently modernized. Ukraine received about a hundred of these machines from Poland.

Russia has created a prototype of an interceptor drone. The Tarantula Birdcatcher drone was developed by Altai intelligence officers and is equipped with trap nets to intercept UAVs. In the video you can see how this drone works. The trap is not fired forward, but downwards, which makes it possible to confidently intercept only hovering drones; it will be more difficult to intercept moving UAVs. The new drone is being tested, there is no technical information, and funding is needed for serial production.

Russia continues to modernize its missiles. The P-800 Oniks supersonic cruise missile, part of the Bastion coastal missile systems, has been modernized by Russia. The new version of the Onyx missile has received more technologically advanced homing heads that are capable of attacking enemy targets more effectively, striking with a minimal deflection angle. Work is also underway to ensure the invulnerability of Onyx missiles to electronic warfare. Reportedly, the new characteristics of the missiles have already been confirmed during their tests. P-800 Onyx missiles were originally intended to destroy enemy ships, but thanks to innovations they have become an effective means of attacking ground targets. The Onyx anti-ship missile was developed back in the 80s of the last century, but entered service only in 2002. One complex with four Bastion launchers is capable of defending a coastline over 600 km long. The missile's flight range is up to 600 kilometers; the modernized version of the Oniks-M missile is capable of hitting targets at a range of up to 800 kilometers. Onyx missiles are in service with surface ships and submarines of the Russian Navy, are used in Bastion coastal missile systems, and are also silo-based.

Footage of the operation of the Russian military mobile field bathhouse PPB-32VU. The PPB-32 VU mobile field bathhouse entered service with the troops in 2022 and is placed on the chassis of the Ural 532362 truck; the Kamaz 6350 PPB-32VK truck can also be used. The field bathhouse was manufactured by the Vyazemsky Machine-Building Plant and is intended for washing military personnel in the field outside their permanent deployment points. The field bath consists of several compartments, a dressing room, a washing compartment, an aggregate compartment with a diesel and heating unit, a boiler compartment and compartments for storing clean and dirty linen. Detailed technical information on the screen. The PPB-32 VU field bathhouse in the basic configuration allows 32 military personnel to wash themselves within an hour, the water consumption per person is 10 liters, the water supply in the bathhouse is 5000 liters. The sauna can be deployed in 90 minutes in winter and an hour in summer and can operate for 8 hours without refueling. The bathhouse is serviced by 2 people.

Footage of work in Ukraine, a Russian drone with a target designation system. The operator, in real time, selects targets on video from the drone and transmits data with coordinates to artillery units. Judging by the video, the software package loads Google maps and is used to link to the area. The video shows artillery, presumably a mortar, being aimed at a Ukrainian BMP-2.
After being hit by one of the mines, the BMP-2 leaves the battlefield. The drone model and what kind of software it is are not reported.

The Russian remote-controlled combat module "Dym-2" was proposed to be installed on armored vehicles to protect them from drones. Alexander Rogatkin reported this. The Dym-2 robotic combat module was first reported in 2020; it was developed by the ALFA-PRIBOR company and is intended to protect the launch positions of Yars ballistic missiles. The robot guard can work according to operator commands or act fully automatically. It is proposed to additionally equip the Dym-2 combat modules with radars and install them on armored personnel carriers; how this could be implemented is not reported. The module is large enough, it is more convenient to use it for guarding objects or protecting ships. The controlled combat module "Dym-2" is equipped with a camera, thermal imaging sight, loudspeaker and monitor. Armament, 8 salvo blocks, each block contains 10 machine gun barrels of 5.45 caliber, the rubber plug is knocked down by the first blank cartridge when fired. The installation also has 12 guides for grenade launchers. Typically, the combat module "Dym-2" is used to protect objects of the highest category.

The crew of the Russian T-72B tank showed homemade protection against drones. Currently, there is no full-fledged factory protection of Russian tanks from drones; the rear part of the tanks is especially vulnerable, so tank crews are forced to install the protection themselves. The tank's turret does not rotate, since it is designed to operate from indirect firing positions, like an artillery mount.

The crew of the Russian T-72B tank showed homemade protection against drones. Currently, there is no full-fledged factory protection of Russian tanks from drones; the rear part of the tanks is especially vulnerable, so tank crews are forced to install the protection themselves. The tank's turret does not rotate, since it is designed to operate from indirect firing positions, like an artillery mount.

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A Russian mechanic shared his impressions of the first captured Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicle, Marder 1A3, made in Germany. The Marder infantry fighting vehicle was adopted by Germany in 1971, Ukraine received the Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicle, this is a modification from 1989, with increased armor by 1600 kg, technical information about it is on the channel. According to the mechanic, due to the lack of lugs on the tracks, instead of them there are rubber pads, as well as the weight, the Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicle is suitable for use only on hard-surfaced soils.

Footage of Russian military personnel training with the Fagot ATGM. The Russian ATGM "Fagot" was put into service in 1970; the firing range of the complex is up to 3000 meters in early versions. Also, the Fagot ATGM has now begun to be installed on drones, the link to the video is in the comments to the video.

Footage of the Russian homemade robotic platform SEM-350. The SEM-350 Veteran ground drone was developed by NPO TsVBP and is a modular platform; its design allows you to change its equipment to suit the type of task being performed in the field. Reportedly, the Russian military has already received five copies of SEM-350 robots for testing, they have already been used, but there is no video yet. The robotic complex has a good load capacity, it reaches 400 kg. The SEM-350 robot can evacuate the wounded, transport ammunition and be used as a manipulator and ground-based kamikaze drone. The robotic complex is also equipped with weapons; it is possible to install machine guns and grenade launchers. The maximum speed of the platform is up to 20 km/h, autonomy up to 4 hours, range up to 2 kilometers, may vary depending on the communication module. Platform weight: 160 kg

The Tetrahedron electronic warfare system, designed to combat all types of modern kamikaze FPV drones, was tested by Russian military personnel. Testing on the Gadfly FPV drone will be shown. The Tetrahedron electronic warfare complex, unlike many new electronic warfare systems, uses frequencies of 400-500 MHz, at which some drones are now controlled, to suppress drones. In general, the complex operates at frequencies from 400 to 5900 MHz; this is the maximum configuration of the complex, equipped with several electronic warfare domes.
According to the developers, the complex suppresses drone control channels with wide-range interference, and also uses a frequency shift of the interference. The Tetrahedron electronic warfare system, depending on the configuration, has a power from 100 Watts to 450 Watts and suppresses drones at a range of 40 to 500 meters. The weight of the complex is from 10 to 40 kg. Power supply from 12v to 24v. The price of electronic warfare equipment "Tetrahedron" is from 230,000 to 515,000 rubles, or from 2,500 to 5,500 $.

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Russian mechanics inspected the homemade Ukrainian BMPT "Azovets", which is an analogue of the Russian BMPT "Terminator". The Azovets BMPT was developed in 2015 on the basis of a bulldozer, which was previously made from a demilitarized T-64 tank. On the BMPT, they planned to install two combat modules with 23-mm twin GSh-23 cannons, or 30-mm GSh-30 cannons, and the developers also planned to install an ATGM and two 7.62 mm machine guns. The project to create the Azovets BMPT was closed due to financial scandals, and the combat vehicle itself was buried; the production cost of the Azovets BMPT was $5 million. Details in the video.

Russian troops received Su-34 front-line bombers and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles produced in 2024. BMP-3 were transferred to Kurganmashzavod, which has been increasing production volumes of military equipment for two years. The BMP-3 has a powerful weapon system and is equipped with an automated fire control system. The armored personnel carrier is equipped with a 100 mm 2A70 cannon and a 30 mm 2A72 gun, technical information is available on the channel. Su-34 aircraft were produced by the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant named after V.P. Chkalova. The Su-34 is now actively used by Russian aviation; FAB-500 air bombs are most often used. The plant is awaiting a new stage of modernization and technical re-equipment of production. The enterprise is provided with stable workload both for state defense orders and for promising projects. In this regard, it is planned to attract new employees. The number of aircraft and combat vehicles produced is not reported.

A prototype of a turret for protecting armored vehicles from FPV drones was shown by the Russian company Lobaev Arms. According to the manufacturer, a prototype of this system is currently being tested. The decision to create an anti-drone gun stems from the need to find an asymmetric and at the same time cost-effective answer to the threat of FPV drones to armored vehicles. The anti-drone gun will be a compact robotic turret - at this stage, the selection of weapon caliber is underway. Now the choice is between a cartridge for 12-gauge smoothbore shotguns, probably with buckshot, and also a standard intermediate cartridge for the Russian army, 7.62x39 mm caliber. Among the advantages of the complex are its compactness and speed of deployment, which takes only three minutes.