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21 Feb, 15 tweets, 11 min read
Dmitry Kiselyov's program had a long segment about Russian UAVs and UCAVs, starting with a close look at the S-70 Okhotnik UCAV.…
Screenshots of the Okhotnik UCAV. 2/
The Okhotnik's control station. 3/
Video of the Altius UCAV. The MoD recently signed a contract for the first pilot batch of Altius-RU UCAVs. 4/
I believe this is the first footage of Orion UCAVs in Syria. This Orion reportedly conducted 38 sorties in Syria, including (by my count) 19 air strikes and 18 reconnaissance flights. 5/
Each sortie is marked either with Р for разведывательных or ISR and Б for боевой/ударный or a combat sortie/air strike. Not sure what the one П stands for. My count wars wrong in the last tweet, there were 20 ISR flights and 17 combat sorties. 6/
Screenshots from the Orion UCAV's camera from strikes in Syria. 7/
More screenshots from an Orion's cameras and dropping a munition. 8/
Interestingly, they blurred the munitions the Orion was carrying throughout the video except at one point. 9/
More screenshots from the Orion UCAV. 10/
Footage from another Orion UCAV strike. 11/
Footage from another Orion UCAV strike. Looks like a fairly small munition was used here considering the relatively little damage to the building. 12/
A look through the Orion's thermal camera. 13/
Blurred footage showing a small missile launched by the Orion UCAV. 14/

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Thread on Russian Air Force/Naval Aviation fighter/tactical bomber aircraft deliveries in 2020 from BMPD. The Russian Armed Forces only received 23 such aircraft in 2020, down significantly from its peak of 101 in 2014 as part of GPV-2020.
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