UKR 117th Mechanized Brigade Drones Cook Off Munitions, Toss Russian Turret

This footage, provided by the Ukrainian 117th Mechanized Brigade, shows a pair of drones used to prosecute Russian targets, including a self-propelled howitzer and an IFV.


Whereas most drone footage shows the impact- and this one certainly does, complete with turret tossed into the air- this video shows some of the prep work and takeoff procedure not normally shown. This is the behind-the-scenes work of a drone operator. The two operators are seen assembling the drones and attaching what is presumably the explosive. The drones take off from two boards over a shallow hole, into which a cord or cable falls as the drone leaves. This could be a means to arm the explosives or a charger for the onboard batteries.


In whatever case, the drones are used to impressive effect, destroying a Russian BMD-4 APC and a 2S1 Gvozdika howitzer.


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This footage, provided by the Ukrainian 117th Mechanized Brigade, shows a pair of drones used to prosecute Russian targets, including a self-propelled howitzer and an IFV.


Whereas most drone footage shows the impact- and this one certainly does, complete with turret tossed into the air- this video shows some of the prep work and takeoff procedure not normally shown. This is the behind-the-scenes work of a drone operator. The two operators are seen assembling the drones and attaching what is presumably the explosive. The drones take off from two boards over a shallow hole, into which a cord or cable falls as the drone leaves. This could be a means to arm the explosives or a charger for the onboard batteries.


In whatever case, the drones are used to impressive effect, destroying a Russian BMD-4 APC and a 2S1 Gvozdika howitzer.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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