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Ukraine shot down 2 million worth Russian drone “Zastava” aka Israel Bird Eye 400 UAV

Ukrainian border guards shot down Russian drone “Zastava”. It was collecting information about positions of Ukrainian Army 1.5 km deep inside Ukraine territory in Lugansk Region about 25 km from the contact line with so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. This drone is actually Bird Eye 400 UAV manufactured in Russia after the contract was signed in 2012 with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). This drone costs 2 million USD.

Russian drone "Zastava" aka Israel Bird Eye 400 UAV shot down in Ukraine

Russian drone “Zastava” aka Israel Bird Eye 400 UAV shot down in Ukraine

Ukrainian Border Guard Service posted photos of the Russian drone at their website here dpsu.gov.ua and they also posted video on their YouTube channel.

The drone was spotted between Harasymivka village (Ukraine) and Ushakovka village (Russian Federation)

Russian "Zastava" drone shot down 25 km from contact line

Russian “Zastava” drone shot down 25 km from contact line

On May 21, 2015, Russia lost another UAV deep inside Ukrainian territory, also manufactured according to a contract with Israel company. Read details at Ukrainian Army shot down Russian UAV FORPOST that costs 6 million USD

Technical details on this drone available here Bird Eye 400

IAI’s Malat Division Bird Eye 400 is a mini-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) member of the Bird Eye family of mini and micro UAV systems designed for tactical reconnaissance. One Bird Eye 400 system is packaged into two carries and can be assembled within several minutes. It features low acoustic signature and 80 minutes of flight endurance.
Bird Eye 400 can be operated by one or two soldiers in support of small military fighting units. The operator establishes the flight path before the launch of the UAV system on a computer. Once launched, the Bird Eye 400 operates autonomously using a digital map and pre-programmed flight coordinates control. This kind of UAV are electrically powered by a battery.

Those Israel drones like “Zastava” and “Forpost” are manufactured by Russian company JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” uwca.ru. In the photo posted by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine you can clearly see the logo and the name of Russian company and the serial number of the drone 355. There is also the name of UAV “Zastava” on the plate.

JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation”  information on the plate on the "Zastava" drone and number of the UAV

JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” information on the plate on the “Zastava” drone and number of the UAV

For some reason Ukrainian border guards removed some information before posting the photo of the drone. See the picture below.

Some information removed from the photo of Zastava Russian drone

Some information removed from the photo of Zastava Russian drone

The signs that are removed are actually details on the drone battery and antenna, those parts are not manufactured in Russia and are supplied by Israel companies. The battery of the drone is manufactured by Amicell – Amit Industries Ltd. http://www.amicell.co.il We found very detailed photos of this Israel drone used by Russian intelligence units since 2011 here http://twower.livejournal.com/757224.html

Israel Amicell – Amit Industries Ltd. battery on Russian "Zastava" drone

Israel Amicell – Amit Industries Ltd. battery on Russian “Zastava” drone

As you can see Amicell logo and battery details can help identify parts supplier.

Recently on April 6, 2015, Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation posted a tender searching for a contractor who can provide technical support for two types of drones – “Zastava” and “Forpost”. See tender details at http://zakupki.gov.ru

According to information posted in the tender specifications Russia has 10 “Forpost” drones and 27 “Zastava” drones. See report in Russian here The author of the analysis provided the list of army units with the number and type of the drones in each unit.

  • military unit # 20924 (Kolomna city, Moscow Region) – 2 “Forpost”, 1 “Zastava”
  • military unit # 30866 (Chernyakhovsk city, Kaliningrad Region) – 2 “Forpost”
  • military unit # 44936 (Budyonovsk city, Stavropol Krai and Mozdok city, North Ossetia) – 2 “Forpost”
  • military unit # 49324 (Severomorsk city, Murmansk Region) – 2 “Forpost”
  • military unit # 69262 (Elizarovo town, Kamchatka Kray) – 2 “Forpost”
  • military unit # 04436 (Gyumri city, Armenia) – 2 “Zastava”
  • military unit # 20634 (Vladikavkaz city, North Ossetia) – 2 “Zastava”
  • military unit # 63354 (Buynaksk city, Dagestan) – 2 “Zastava”
  • military unit # 41659 (Aleysk city, Altay Krai) – 3 “Zastava”
  • military unit # 12128 (Totskoye city, Chelyabinsk Region) – 2 “Zastava”
  • military unit # 01162 (Dushanbe city, Tajikistan) – 1 “Zastava”
  • military unit # 05812 (Iturup island, Kuril Islands) and unit # 05812 (Khabarovsk city) – 4 “Zastava”
  • military unit # 71289 (Ussuriysk city, Primorsky Krai) – 2 “Zastava”
  • military unit # 08275 (Pechenega town, Murmansk Region) – 3 “Zastava”
  • military unit # 02511 (Kamenka town, Leningrad Region) – 2 “Zastava”
  • military unit # 90151 (Gusev town, Kaliningrad Region) – 3 “Zastava”

According to the tender they total cost of parts and tech support of “Forpost” and “Zastava” drones should not be more that 5,243,568.23 Rubles for 1 “Forpost” UAV and no more than 779,228.63 Rubles for 1 “Zastava” UAV.

UPDATE. This is the 2nd confirmed “Zastava” drone lost by Russia over Ukrainian territory. Almost exactly a year ago on July 24, 2014, Ukrainian Border Guard Service reported that they found Russian “Zastava” UAV in Kharkov Region 2 km from the border. See original full size photos and details at dpsu.gov.ua

Russian "Zastava" drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2015

Russian “Zastava” drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2015

In the photo of the drone found in 2014 you can see the logo of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on the camera and the number “280” assigned by Russian Military. There is also original serial number on some parts and switches ON/OFF in English. So it’s a big question how many Russian parts are in those drones. Bellow are few other photos of this UAV found in 2014.

Russian “Zastava” drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2014

Russian “Zastava” drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2014

Russian “Zastava” drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2014

Russian “Zastava” drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2014

Russian “Zastava” drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2014

Russian “Zastava” drone found in Ukraine on July 24, 2014

Ukrainian Army shot down Russian UAV FORPOST that costs 6 million USD.

Press-Center of “DNIPRO-1″ Ukrainian Army Regiment has reported today that their soldiers managed to shoot down Russian UAV near Avdiivka in Donetsk Region. That was joint operation of their soldiers and the Center of Special Operations. “FORPOST” UAV is one of the most expensive. It’s price is 6 million USD.

Remains of Russian Army FORPOST UAV shot down in Ukraine

Remains of Russian Army FORPOST UAV shot down in Ukraine

Later today Security Service of Ukraine posted a video of remains of this Russian drone shot down on the territory of Ukraine by Ukrainian soldiers.

Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation had only 11 “FORPOST” Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. But after the successful operation of “DNIPRO-1″ Regiment they have less now.

Label of Russian JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation”  on the UAV

Label of Russian JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” on the UAV

Right now the drone is located at the headwaters of Anti-terrorist Center. Specialists who deal with UAVs are working with it. Russian “FORPOST” was shot down in the area of Avdiivka close to Vodyane village in Donetsk Region. In the last 12 months of resistance to Russian occupation of Donbass this is the 2nd UAV that was shot down. This UAV can observe enemy positions and it can also coordinate artillery fire in real time.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) label on Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) label on Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine

Reported by “DNIPRO-1″ Press-Center.

FORPOST UAV are manufactured by Russian company JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” uwca.ru. That company is part of  “Oboronprom” Russian Industrial Corporation which is the biggest aerospace company of Russian Federation, see details at www.oboronprom.ru

FORPOST UAV (IAI Searcher Mk II) manufactured on JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation”  in Russia

FORPOST UAV (IAI Searcher Mk II) manufactured on JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” in Russia

The FORPOST UAV is actually Searcher Mk II UAV designed and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). On October 12 2012 they signed contract with “Oboronprom” to start production of that type of UAV in Russian Federation.

In the presence of the Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia, Mr. Viktor Khristenko, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) CEO, Mr. Itzhak Nissan, and the Director-General of the Oboronprom Russian Industrial Corporation, Mr. Andrey Reus, signed an agreement yesterday afternoon, 12 October 2010, to sell UAV assembly elements and services to Oboronprom.

See details posted by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) here.

Test flight of FORPOST (IAI Searcher Mk II) UAV  manufactured for Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation on Dec 25 2012

Test flight of FORPOST (IAI Searcher Mk II) UAV manufactured for Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation on Dec 25 2012

Additional details and photos of FORPOST UAV were posted in Russian media at http://vpk.name and www.arms-expo.ru

Ironically, the photos of the same FORPOST (IAI Searcher Mk II) UAV were posted on November 11 2013 by Denis Fedutinov from the Russian factory where it was just manufactured. See original post here http://bmpd.livejournal.com/658798.html As you can see from the number 923 this is the same UAV.

Russian FORPOST UAV #923 at JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” factory in 2013

Russian FORPOST UAV #923 at JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” factory in 2013

Russian FORPOST UAV #923 at JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” factory in 2013

Russian FORPOST UAV #923 at JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” factory in 2013

UPDATE May 24 2015. Markian Lubkivskyi, Senior Adviser at Security Service of Ukraine, posted new details regarding this Russian UAV. Here is a link to his post (in Russian) https://www.facebook.com/markian.lubkivskyi/posts/1577575482505077

According to Markian Lubkivskyi Russian UAV got hit in the area of Pisky (controlled by Ukrainian Army) and it started to go down in the area of Avdiivka and crashed North from Vodyane. Avdiivka and Vodyane are also controlled by Ukrainian Army.

Russian UAV FORPOST crash site

Russian UAV FORPOST crash site

Russian UAV got hit 70 km from the Russian border. According to technical details of this type of UAV, it’s max range is 250 km. See full tech details and description at www.deagel.com

Markian Lubkivskyi also said that Russia manufactured only 10 UAV FORPOST during 2011-2013 and the approximate price of the head optics with infrared camera is about 1 million US dollars. Markian Lubkivskyi also posted additional photos of the UAV.

Optics of Russian UAV FORPOST that crashed in Ukraine

Optics of Russian UAV FORPOST that crashed in Ukraine

Elements of Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine

Elements of Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine

Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine

Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine

Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine

Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine

Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine

Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine

UPDATE. July 22, 2015. Ukraine shot down 2 million worth Russian drone “Zastava” aka Israel Bird Eye 400 UAV