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The latest Colibri drone for Ukraine was presented in France

Jun 19, 2024

KNDS presented the Colibri drone at an exhibition in Paris. A batch of these drones will soon be sent to Ukraine as part of a military aid package.


This was reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to the Defense blog.

It is noted that the drone is the latest development, which should primarily enhance the operational capabilities of the French armed forces.

Work on the drone began relatively recently - in May 2022. Colibri's manufacturers focused on integrating a cost-effective, operationally active charge into an unmanned system capable of detecting and neutralizing targets within a 5 kilometer radius.

It is also known that the drone will be equipped with a guided fragmentation charge that provides high lethality against both static and dynamic targets. This system offers a versatile and effective solution for various combat scenarios.

According to media reports, the barrage munition will receive a 40-mm warhead from the French manufacturer Nexter Arrowtech.

Probably, the Colibri prototype is another drone, the UX11, which was created for photogrammetric purposes. This drone has a one-piece polystyrene body and a wingspan of 1.1 meters. It is propelled by a two-blade pusher rotor and an electric motor located at the rear of the wing.

The UX11 weighs 1.5 kg with a payload, has an autonomy of 80 minutes, and a cruising speed of 54 km/h. The deployment of such a vehicle takes only 5 minutes. The UX11 can climb to an altitude of 6,000 meters.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 19/06/2024

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