Ukraine Armed Forces received donated Shark UAS drones

According to Militarnyi on October 24, 2023, the Serhiy Prytula Foundation recently donated one complete Shark UAS system, comprising a ground control station and two Shark unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. These UASs were handed over to the 24th separate mechanized brigade named after King Danylo. 

In addition, the 59th separate motorized infantry brigade named after Yakov Hanzuk already possessed a ground control station but requested one additional Shark UAS, which was also fulfilled. The total cost of this donation amounts to UAH 8,500,004 (€ 220.969).

The Shark UAS, manufactured by the Ukrainian company Ukrspecsystems, is a multifunctional unmanned aerial system that incorporates advanced technologies and Ukraine’s extensive experience in UAV application.

One of the distinguishing features of these drones is their robust protection against electronic warfare countermeasures and an extended operational radius of 60-80 km, depending on the configuration. This capability makes them valuable assets in various operational scenarios, including border security, police operations, aerial mapping, and reconnaissance.

The Shark UAS includes a communication range of up to 80 km, a maximum ceiling of 3,000 m, an operational altitude of 1,000 m, a flight time of 3 hours and 30 minutes, and a cruising speed of 75 km/h. The Shark UAS can be catapult-launched and is equipped with a capable camera system with an optical zoom of up to 30x, a total zoom of 90x, and a maximum tracking distance of up to 5 km, incorporating digital stabilization and anti-fog features.

The components of a Shark UAS system include the Shark UAV, an advanced camera system, a catapult launcher, a ground control station, and the necessary software and tracking antenna. These components combine to provide autonomous intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities in a variety of environmental conditions, making them a valuable asset for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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