Russia is working on developing the Vector-120, a high-powered portable munitions unit comparable to an unmanned aerial vehicle. The initiative is led by Russia’s Unmanned Aircraft Design Bureau.
Vector-120 pilot production phase
The device design has reached the pilot production stage, and flight tests are expected to begin in 2024. The Vector-120 is capable of being launched directly from a soldier’s equipment, using a single-use missile tube.
Despite its small size, this device can carry 220-250 grams of warhead, which is enough to overcome the destructive power of RGD-5 or F-1 grenades, and even an RPG-7 grenade launcher, according to the design bureau.
Vector-120 has the unique ability to take off from any position. After flying a certain distance from the launcher, it spreads its wings and begins its flying mission.
Vector-120 drone objectives
The device is designed to destroy lightly armored vehicles such as infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers and armored trucks. The Vector-120 is also expected to be capable of destroying enemy soldiers.
The Vector-120 is not your average drone. Its output tube has a resistant design, suitable for rough handling. It does not require a launch system to deploy, and is equipped with a replaceable shrapnel-filled warhead. These metal components are not conventional but made of high strength metal and have a wide radius of destruction.
Comparison with US Switchplate drone
The Vector-120 can be considered a Russian version of the American-made switchplate. As the Switchblade has such a track record on the battlefield, it’s too early to make a full comparison.
The Switchblade is a lightweight drone designed for use as a roving munition. It has a wingspan of over two feet, weighs just six pounds, and is easy to use in the field. It has a GPS guidance system that allows it to reach a specific location and strike accurately.
This American-made drone is powered by an electric motor, can reach a maximum speed of 85 mph and travel up to 10 kilometers. It can stay in the air for 15 minutes, giving operators plenty of time to locate and engage targets.
Switchblade drone features
The switchblade is equipped with a high-resolution camera and can transmit real-time video and data to the operator. In addition, it has a warhead that explodes on impact, allowing it to act as a kamikaze munition.
The drone has been used by the US military in Afghanistan and Iraq, proving its effectiveness in neutralizing enemy targets.
In short, Russia continues to advance the development of its Vector-120 drone, while America’s Switchblade drone has proven its worth on the battlefield.
The Vector-120 is a small, drone-like munitions device developed by Russia’s Unmanned Aircraft Design Bureau. The device is fired directly from a military vehicle using a disposable rocket tube and has the power of an RPG-7 grenade launcher.
Both the Vector-120 and Switchblade are tactical ammunition devices. However, unlike the Switchblade, the Vector-120 can be launched from any position and has an improved tube design to withstand rough handling. Although the Vector-120 compares favorably in terms of capabilities, the Switchblade has proven itself in combat and has more experience in real combat situations.
The Vector-120 can carry a 220-250 g warhead, which is packed with shrapnel-like components made of high-strength metal. This warship is maneuverable and has a wide destruction radius.
The Vector-120 is designed to destroy light armored vehicles such as infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers and armored trucks. It is capable of effectively neutralizing enemy players.
According to Russia’s Unmanned Aircraft Design Bureau, the flight test phase of the Vector-120 is scheduled to begin in 2024.
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