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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine14.09.2017, 15:09

Oleksandr Turchynov: Successful tests of strike unmanned aerial vehicle took place today

Successful tests of strike unmanned aerial vehicle took place today. This was stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov at Honcharivske proving ground in Chernihiv region after the tests were completed.

According to him, one of the tasks set by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine before the domestic defense-industrial complex was "to establish production of high-quality combat unmanned aerial vehicles".

"The "Sokil" reconnaissance-striking system, which we have tested today, consists of one reconnaissance and three striking combat vehicles, so it can find and precisely hit targets using the high-explosive, blast-fragmentation, and thermobaric munitions, which depends on the task", - Mr. Turchynov pointed out adding that today's tests were carried out in tough weather conditions: "The gusts of wind reached up to 14-17 meters per second". "Despite these problems, virtually all the tasks set were fulfilled, the targets were hit", - he noticed.

Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine reported that this UAV was "a product of fruitful cooperation of the Ukrainian company "Chezara" with Polish partners".

"The tests were successful, they demonstrated the effectiveness of these unmanned systems. The next step is to add them to an armory and use effectively in combat conditions", - he said.

After a meeting with producers and military servicemen, the NSDC Secretary announced that soon new models of strike UAVs "with much longer range and more powerful combat characteristics" will be presented.