According to journalists, in 2023, Ukrainian defenders carried out dozens of operations using naval drones – and pushed the Russian fleet away from the Ukrainian coast by more than 200 nautical miles.
The Ukrainian military-industrial complex has developed versions of maritime drones based on the well-known Magura V5 model. The existence of a kamikaze boat was previously reported, but now there appears to be a version of a naval drone for remote mine-laying and a patrol reconnaissance platform. The Defense Express portal writes about this.
In 2023, Ukrainian defenders conducted “several dozen” operations using maritime drones, which allowed the Russian fleet to move the Russian fleet from the Ukrainian coast to a distance of over 200 nautical miles, The New York Times reported.
The NYT publication presents photos of the basic version of the Magura V5, but what a naval drone for remote mine-laying looks like remains a mystery. But analysts admit that the Ukrainian Armed Forces still have remote-controlled boats for placing minefields at sea. Because representatives of the Russian side were the first to announce this.
At the beginning of December 2023, the departmental publication of the Russian Ministry of Defense “Morskoy Sbornik” noted that on October 14, minesweepers of the Black Sea Fleet had to carry out combat mine sweeping in the outer roadstead of Sevastopol Bay.
Ukraine does not have the means to deploy sea mines at such a distance, so “unconventional” means such as sea drones could be used.
Let us recall that approximately a week ago the Russian Federation showed the kamikaze boat “Dandelion”, with a load of about 600 kg of TNT and a range of 200 km.
It was also reported that, according to Natalya Gumenyuk, a representative of the press center of the Southern Defense Forces, new Russian naval drones can attack civilian ships.