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WATCH Russian drone destroy Ukrainian military boat

A Lancet loitering munition intercepted a military vessel moving at high speed along a river, according to a new footage

A Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has successfully destroyed a Ukrainian military motorboat, according to a video that has been published on social media.

The 16-second-long clip starts with what is claimed to be a Russian drone locking on its target as the Ukrainian vessel is sailing in a river at a high speed. First-person view footage then shows the UAV approaching the boat. The video continues with footage apparently taken by another drone, which shows the kamikaze UAV smashing into its target and setting it on fire. The boat, which is still on fire, is then seen hitting the beach. It is unclear where and when exactly the attack took place.

The video’s caption claims that a Lancet drone was used to strike the boat.

The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the video yet. The latest military report detailing the developments on the frontlines over the past 24 hours does not mention any boats among the Ukrainian equipment being destroyed by the Russian military either.

The Lancet family of kamikaze drones, which are also known as loitering munitions, have frequently been mentioned in the context of successful Russian strikes; notably, they have been used to destroy several US-made Abrams tanks.

Earlier in June, one such munition destroyed a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 that was caught in the open at an airfield. The Russian loitering munition has a distinctive shape due to its two sets of X-wings and comes in two principal versions, with payloads weighing one and three kilograms, respectively.

READ MORE: WATCH Ukrainian Su-25 get obliterated in drone strike

Back in November 2023, the head of the Russian arms export agency Rosoboronexport, Aleksandr Mikheev, said foreign buyers were showing a great deal of interest in the Lancets. At the time, Mikheev stressed that the drones were not being sold abroad at the moment because “the Russian armed forces have a high demand for it and there is no export permission for it yet.”

June 29, 2024 at 08:58PM

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