Russian combat drones continue to hunt down Kiev forces in the framework of the ongoing special military operation in Ukraine.
On December 2 and 4, Russian sources shared videos documenting two recent strikes by a Forpost-R combat drone on Kiev forces near the settlement of Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region. The first strike hit a checkpoint with four personnel, while the second destroyed military truck that was carrying six personnel.
The Forpost-R is a modernized variant of the original Forpost drone, which is a licensed copy of the Israeli IAI Searcher. This version is made from Russian components and has a domestic software. The drone has a takeoff weight of 500 kg, a range of 400 kilometers and an endurance of 18 hours at an altitude of up to 6,000 meters.
The KAB-20 light glide bomb is the main armament of the Forpost-R. The bomb is available in two versions, the Kab-20L that is guided by a GLONASS-aided inertial navigation system, and the Kab-20S, which is also equipped with a semi-active laser seeker.
The guided bomb carries a seven kilogram high-explosive fragmentation warhead that is designed to engage manpower and lightly armored targets.
The Russian military has been using combat drones like the Forpost-R and the Kronshtadt Orion to located and target Kiev forces since the beginning of the operation in Ukraine. Nevertheless, the operations of these drones remain shrouded in secrecy.
The special military operation in Ukraine will help Russia further develop its reconnaissance and combat drones as well as loitering munitions.