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