The Russian Armed Forces will commission medium-range attack drones for the first time in 2019, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated on Monday during a session of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Defense Committee.

He noted that since 2012, 38 military units have been formed in the Russian army, equipped with over 2,000 military drones.

“Starting this year, we will be receiving medium-range attack and surveillance systems,” the minister said.

Shoigu stressed that a breakthrough in drone aviation has provided new opportunities for reconnaissance and attack operations.

“Thanks to drone laser illuminators, we have managed to give a second life to precision artillery weapon systems “Krasnopol”, which had not been in demand before. As a result, we have decreased their expenditure – no more than two projectiles for one target – and increased their range,” the minister explained.

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Except that the Krasnopol guided shell is freaking expensive. Better use high quality artillery like the CAESAR self-propelled gun : half the price of a M777 Howitzer, 1m accuracy at 40/50km with standard/boosted 155mm shells.

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Same remark for the US 155mm guided shell as for the 152mm Krasnopol : way too much expensive ($52k for Krasnopol and $68k for the US GPS guided one)

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While a standard 155mm shell costs peanuts… That’s why we built the CAESAR.
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Serious computing allows to be even more accurate than using laser guidance or GPS or GLONASS, it’s sniper artillery. CAESAR is pounding Daesh since 2016…

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Acronym means CAmion Equipé d’un Système d’ARtillerie (Truck equipped with artillery system)