The Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was spotted on Aug. 16. An air defense unit was put on high alert and shot down the target after its location was determined by the radar.
As the UAV was examined, it was found that it was equipped with a 12-lense panoramic camera for aerial survey capable of transferring the collected information to the control unit on a real-time basis.
Individual components of the UAV, namely its optoelectronic system, were manufactured by a Russian company hit by the U.S. sanctions. The firm cooperates with the plant producing Orlan drones. It is noteworthy that the estimated cost of the camera alone exceeds $100,000.
This fact proves that the Russian Federation supplies weapons to the Donbas which are used by the occupation forces against the Ukrainian army.
"The Russian Federation continues looking for the new ways of applying its latest weapons and military equipment in actual combat situations on the territory of Ukraine. At the same time, Russia is engaged in research to assess the real capabilities of its military equipment using the occupied territories of Ukraine as a testing ground," the statement reads.