Video taken at the scene shows that the Russian Lancet suicide drone hovered and then jumped to attack, causing a Ukrainian howitzer and weapons truck to explode within seconds.
Military website 19fortyfive posted a video that was allegedly recorded in Donbas last week. Within seconds, the Russian Lancet suicide drone crashed into the Ukrainian target, blowing up the Krab 155mm self-propelled howitzer and ammunition truck. The entire attack was recorded by another suicide drone.
Lancet works by carrying explosives floating in the air and constantly searching for targets. Once the target is confirmed, the UAV will launch a suicide attack like the mechanism of an air-to-ground missile. This UAV was named “Lancet”, meaning “scalpel”, because of its ability to hit targets with high precision like “in a surgery”.
According to observers, the Lancet is one of Russia’s most accurate weapons in the more than year-long military campaign in Ukraine.
According to the manufacturer, the Lancet has many advantages over other weapons. Firstly, it operates on a hovering mechanism, ie always deployed in the air and ready to attack the target at any time. This saves time in combat. Second, it is quite small, light, and made of plastic and composite materials, so it is almost invisible to traditional anti-aircraft radars. Third, its cost is quite cheap compared to traditional high-precision bullets.
The Lancet drone of contractor ZALA Aero is equipped with a number of coordinate-based, optoelectronic targeting systems. This UAV has a special communication channel to transmit images of targets and confirm their successful destruction.
Lancet has an impressive speed of about 110km / h, the ability to carry a warhead weighing up to 3kg along with an integrated satellite navigation system. The Lancet is considered to be able to cause great damage to the enemy’s military equipment. This UAV can hit targets within 40km and has a maximum take-off weight of 12kg (including explosives).