Submarine drones will become Ukraine’s mainstay in the war against Russia. Photo/Ukraine Ammo/Insider
KIEV – Ukraine exhibits underwater drones or ship drones during which it will spell disaster for the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
The drone called Marichka is still a prototype, but is planned to be mass produced. Drones will become a new force for Ukraine amidst various setbacks amid the onslaught of the Ukrainian army.
Here are 5 advantages of Ukraine’s submarine drones.
1. Able to carry out combat missions to reconnaissance
Black unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), named Marichka.
“The drone can carry out attack, transport or reconnaissance missions,” said the Ukrainian Ammo volunteer group that developed the drone.
2. Has a cruising range of up to 1,000 km
It is 6 meters long and has a range of about 1,000 kilometers. The distance is long enough for a one-way trip from territory under Ukrainian control to almost any location on the Black Sea.
3. Able to carry warheads up to 200 kg
The payload capacity and other technical details of the drone are not yet known, although Ukrainian news agency Censor.NET reported that the drone has a warhead weight of around 200 kilograms.
The video released on Tuesday appears to show a volunteer sitting on Marichka as it is lowered into the sea for testing.
4. The price reaches USD 433,000 or the equivalent of IDR 6.7 trillion
Ammo Ukraine has been promoting and seeking investment for A new video shows a $433,000 Ukrainian underwater drone that could spell disaster for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
5. Will be mass produced
Ammo Ukraine has been promoting and seeking investment for the drones since around August 2023. It is unclear when exactly the drones could be deployed.
The drones could give Ukraine a new dimension in its attacks on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which is based in the occupied Crimean Peninsula.
So far attacks have been carried out mostly by naval drones and cruise missiles.
“In recent weeks, the Ukrainian military has stepped up its attacks on the Black Sea Fleet, causing greater damage than before,” the British Ministry of Defense said in its daily intelligence report on Tuesday.
Last week, Ukraine also carried out a missile attack on the ground fleet headquarters in the city of Sevastopol.
Ukraine’s intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said last month that naval drone strikes had served to “cripple” the Russian Navy since August 2023. It was unclear when exactly the drones could be deployed.