Armed Forces shot down the latest Russian Merlin-BP drone

Merlin-BP UAV shot down, June 2022
Merlin-BP UAV shot down, June 2022
© Photo: Pavlo Kashchuk
Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: June 17 2022 at 04:28 pm

The Ukrainian military shot down a new reconnaissance drone of the Russian Federation "Merlin-BP".

This was reported in the Air Force of Ukraine.

Photos of the downed UAV were published by Pavlo Kashchuk.

This drone was publicly demonstrated only in September 2021, and has not yet been officially adopted.

Russian Merlin-BP drone Photo from open sources

"Merlin-BP" is equipped with a hybrid power plant, which was to provide it with low acoustic visibility.

Not much is known about the TTX of the drone. It can stay in the air for up to ten hours and rise to a height of up to 5 km. Payload - 6.5 kilograms. Therefore, a powerful optoelectronic module can be installed on the UAV.

Merlin-BP UAV shot down, June 2022 Photo: Pavlo Kashchuk

The development of the drone was taken up by the “Research Institute of Modern Telecommunication Technologies” of Smolensk.

It will be recalled that this is not the first time that the Ukrainian military has landed rare Russian drones.

So, in the Nikolaev area brought down the secret UAV which has no official name. With his help, the Russian military tried to conduct air reconnaissance in order to thwart counter-offensive attacks by Ukrainian forces.

A secret "cartographic" Russian drone shot down over Ukraine. June 2022. Ukraine. Photo: Armed Forces of Ukraine

The drone is equipped with a camera with 12 lenses for panoramic aerial and video shooting with the ability to transmit the collected information to the control point in real time.

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