first published on October 15, 2018 by Josh
According to UAWire.com, a web-page that covers down on topics of interest concerning Ukraine, members of the Ukrainian military have downed an Orlan-10 unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicle in the Donbass region.
The Orlan-10 is a drone that is commonly used by the Russian armed forces for surveillance and reconnaissance. In a statement from the Joint Forces Operation group in Ukraine, they said “In the sky over Lysychansk at 8:09, radar instruments detected an airborne target, presumably identified as an Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle, which is in the armament of the Russian Armed Forces.” A short time later, an on-duty Mi-24 crew was scrambled to bring the UAV down.
The day prior to this incident Ukrainian anti-air defense crews had detected two similar UAVs crossing into their airspace, heading towards the Lysychansk oil refinery plant. After crossing the demarcation line, one of the drones was immediately brought down by anti-air defense teams. The second drone was able to escape anti-aircraft fire and return back across the demarcation line. The image below is from the drone brought down by the Ukrainian Mi-24, and was released in the same article mentioned by UAWire.
There has been no official statement from the Russian military in regards to this incident currently. We will update this post if and when Russia does make a statement. It is a strong possibility that separatist troops were using drones supplied by Russia in order to conduct a reconnaissance mission on the Lysychansk oil refinery plant.
“Immediately the on-duty anti-air defense forces were brought to military alert number one. Joint Forces Commander Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev made the decision to destroy the target using a Mi-24 fire support helicopter,” the report from the Joint Forces Operation group said. Below is the footage that was recorded by the pilot of the Mi-24 as it took the Orlan-10 UAV out of the sky.