Russia may have just gained more than a thousand new bombers. But Ukrainian forces may have little to worry about, as the Orlan-10 drones they are converting into attack planes do not look very effective.
“Presumably, they can be more or less accurate, depending on target,” says Samuel Bendett, an expert on the Russian defense scene and adviser to both the CNA and CNAS, who takes a particular interest in uncrewed systems. “This Orlan-10 refitting is relatively new, and there has not been additional information about Russian forces practicing with that combat Orlan-10 version apart from Zapad-2021 news. So it’s not clear what the level of competency is at this point.”
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