Unmanned drone boat spotted
This new weapon is intended to attack the Russians in Crimea
A previously unreported drone boat appears to have slipped past Russian Navy patrols. The device was found on a beach near the large Russian naval base of Sevastopol in Crimea.
A Ukrainian drone boat has been spotted near Sevastopol.
The war in Ukraine looks like a fight between David and Goliath – and the roles of Ukraine and Russia in it seem clear. But despite the apparent inferiority, the Ukrainian troops will not be defeated.
Even when faced with a much larger and more formidable conventional force, innovation does not flag. As a American naval expert writes on Twitter, a previously unidentified unmanned seagoing vessel (USV) has now been found on a beach near the large Russian naval base Sevastopol.
Omega Bay is just in front of the port entrance and is in an area used by the Russian Navy. It is about 150 nautical miles (about 280 kilometers) from the Ukrainian-controlled coasts. According to the expert, this clearly indicates that the previously unknown UPS is operated by the Ukraine.
Boat could serve attack on Russian Navy
The relatively small vessel — only the size of a kayak — is powered by a single motor mounted on board that powers a steerable jet of water, images the expert analyzes show. This suggests relatively high performance, it is designed for speed.
While the interior of the drone boat remains obscured, multiple sensors and cameras are visible on the sides and back. In addition, the curved shape of the ship indicates that a warhead could be located at the bow of the ship. “It may be an air-launched bomb or artillery shell, aimed forward and possibly tilted downward.”
While (unmanned) explosive boats are not new per se, the emergence of the Ukrainian boat suggests that it has the necessary range to be useful in combat against Russia – and accordingly could be used to attack the Russian Navy in Sevastopol.
Is it an American mini boat?
A similar surface vehicle was introduced to the US Navy last spring. The ADARO type boat integrates “manned and unmanned capabilities in challenging operational scenarios in order to achieve advantages in warfare,” according to the military portal Defense Blog at the time.
Rumors are circulating online that the Ukrainian drone boat found is this American ship – especially since, according to the newspaper “The Hill”, the USA has already delivered ships of this type to Ukraine. However, this rumor has not yet been confirmed. In addition, the Ukrainian boat found is slightly larger than the ADARO class, which measures just one meter.