August 22, 2023

Russia’s New Long-Range Kamikaze Drone Will Be Built In A Shopping Mall

Source: Forbes

Journalist: David Hambling

“If this Izdelie 54 is a ‘long-range’ drone, it will probably have to compete more with Shahed, but it all depends on specs,” Samuel Bendett an expert Russian drones and adviser to both the CNA and CNAS, told Forbes. “It's possible that this new drone will fill the gap between Lancet and Shahed capability - with a range of 80-200km, or may be designed for even longer ranges.”

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“What this shows is the growing need for a relatively cheap, capable loitering munition in this war,” says Bendett, noting that Russian volunteer organizations like Project Archangel and Oko Design Bureau are also now designing their own loitering munitions with a long range.

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Authors

  • Samuel Bendett

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs Center (SP3), where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. His work involves research on the ...