Belarus Army Launches RPG From New Tank-Killing Quadcopter

The Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus have recently demonstrated a new quadcopter drone that can carry a tank-killing rocket launcher.

Quadcopter drone with RPG-26 Aglen center-mounted lifting off at Losvido training ground. (Source: Of Belarusian Military – YouTube)

Last month, at the Losvido training ground, the military conducted a field training exercises with this new drone under the leadership of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces – Chief of the Main Operations Directorate Major-General Pavel Muraveiko, said the Defense-Blog.

During the event, the new quadcopter performed a demonstration with an RPG-26 Aglen, a disposable anti-tank rocket launcher developed by the Soviet Union, mounted on a cheap off the shelf, consumer drone. The features of the new quadcopter and the name of the manufacturer were not disclosed at the event.

Video: Belarus Army Launches RPG From New Tank-Killing Quadcopter

The rocket carries a 72.5-millimeter (2.85 inches) diameter anti-tank warhead capable of penetrating 440 millimeters (17.32 inches) of armor, one meter (3.28 feet) of concrete or 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) of brick. Mounted on a drone, the RPG-26 Aglen could have a maximum effective range of more than 250 meters (0.15 miles).

The RPG-26 is a lightweight anti-tank rocket launcher. (Source: WeaponSystems.net) 

While the Pentagon just deployed an additional 87 Abrams tanks, roughly 140 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, 18 Paladin howitzers and 395 other tracked vehicles to three Baltic states as well as Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary, the RPG-26 Aglen is mostly ineffective against Abrams tanks, but, however, could be very dangerous against lightly armoured vehicles.

A U.S. Army soldier guides an M1 Abrams tank from 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division off the ramp of the ARC vessel Endurance at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium. The unit arrived as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve in May and is headed to the Baltic states.  (Sgt. 1st Class Jacob A. McDonald/U.S. Army)

The Belarusian tank-killing quadcopter could become a nuisance for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members, who have been building up their militaries near Russia’s borders.

Recently, Russian Airborne Troops and Belarusian special forces conducted a joint tactical exercise at the Brestsky training ground, miles from the Belarusian-Polish border, in response to the NATO buildup in Poland.

NATO members should fear the RPG-30 “Kryuk,” a Russian hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher designed to address the challenge of reactive armor and active protection systems (APS) on Western tanks, which was unveiled in 2008 as an “Abrams killer” rocket.

Russian RPG-30 rocket launcher versus an American Abrams tank.

That said, if the Belarusian drone-makers figure out how to mount an RPG-30 system on the quadcopter, then some alarm bells will be ringing in Washington.

Comments

mosfet Tue, 06/12/2018 - 04:27 Permalink

Looks like a home-brew dealie.  Will wait for DJI to release their Inspire Munitions edition with low noise props and ocusync head-tracking targeting.

Heros mosfet Tue, 06/12/2018 - 04:30 Permalink

Everyone talks about Nato threatening Russia, but actually about 50% of Belarus was actually historically part of Poland.  Zato could certainly find some Polish puppets with claims to property over the border. 

I wonder how prepared the Belarus army and airforce are?  Likely an easy mark even for Poland backed by Zato.

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Heros SadhakaPadma Tue, 06/12/2018 - 04:58 Permalink

The same Poles that could have had peace with Germany in 1939, but instead decided to side with Churchill and Roosevelt to provoke Hitler?  The same Poles who in 1939 had maps and plans drawn up for an invasion of Germany and occupation of Berlin?  The same Poles who are still afraid to open up Auschwitz to historical investigation because they are puppets to a tribe of endlessly kvetching Jews who have been running the country since the war?

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Adolfsteinbergovitch Heros Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:23 Permalink

They did it Russian style. 

Simple, no nonsense, 1000 times cheaper and very asymmetric. 

A nuisance is very downplayed for something which can always attack the stupid Abrams tanks from their weakest angles without risking anything. Indeed this makes the whole tank paradigm obsolete, even for Russia. 

Waiting for the napalm version of this drone now. 

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One of these i… Adolfsteinbergovitch Tue, 06/12/2018 - 06:48 Permalink

As far as I can see they did it by strapping on the motors and guidance to the launcher.

This is a bit of a game changer once there becomes a publically accessible plan to make this.

With a bit of thought, (and a long wire from the controller to the remote transmitter plus pre arranged resupply stations, where the drone can be landed & the battery and launcher changed for a fresh one) one skilled palestinian wearing fatshark goggles could really "take it" to the occupiers military forces directly... 

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Heros One of these i… Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:12 Permalink

Flying that rocket launcher around is going to take big motors and propellers, but more importantly big batteries.  As in expensive batteries.  The LiOn batteries for a electric scooter run over $1000 wholesale.  They would probably keep that drone up for 5-10 minutes.  Not much time for hunting, or aiming, which is likely not trivial getting the sensors locked on while avoiding small weapons fire because it cannot fly high without wasting battery.

Then there is the issue of kick back.  The drone is likely to be lost after launch.

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One of these i… Heros Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:18 Permalink

1. You're clearly someone who buys things in the "real" world with a card, and doesn't understand how to buy cheap, let alone misapropriate technolgy. The batteries bought cleverly would run to 100$ MAXIMUM. 48v @ 5 amps worth of lipo batteries can be had for around 30 to 60 fiscal units if you know where to look.

2. It's a hollow tube with a rocket in it, there is no kickback as such, and after the initial impulse that throws the missile out of the tube there is a delay before main engine start up to protect the operator who would normally be holding the tube on his shoulder. That is why you NEVER stand behind the bazooka guy!

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Heros Haus-Targaryen Tue, 06/12/2018 - 04:53 Permalink

Perhaps if it happened today.  What if Nordstream is blocked, Iran is taken out, Syria is partitioned and Russia is forced to retreat from Tartus and Latakia, and even stronger economic sanctions have been applied?

I can't say whether Russians would be willing to die for Western Belarus, but I imagine someone could make a good case that it was always part of Poland anyway.

 

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Heros No1uNo Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:21 Permalink

So you think that Russia, as weakened and isolated as it is, can take on ZOG, when even Hitler's Germany couldn't?   And back then ZOG still had to lurk in the shadows.  Hitler had rockets, jet aircraft and vx gas.  Now ZOG is out in the open with dolphin nuclear attack submarines and the samson option.  You think Putin can take on ZOG, when ZOG killed the Tsar and his entire bloodline?

ZOG will keep doubling down until until it gets what it wants.  The only question is how many goyim will be blood sacrificed at the synogue of satan.  We know from the last two ZOG wars for greater Israel that no amount of goy blood is worth one jew, and that no amount of jewish blood will be allowed to stop ZOG from reaching its goal of the resurrection of the third temple and the new noahide world government based in Jerusalem.

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el buitre Heros Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:19 Permalink

Tsar Nicholas II was the grandson of Queen Victoria and first cousin to Kaiser Wilhelm who were also friends.  The Black Nobility of Europe has been in alliance with the Rothschild satanist Cabal for centuries.  If you look closely, there is even a lot of interbreeding between them and the Sabbatai pseudo-jews.  That situation was a lot more complicated that you portray as ZOG anti-Zog.  

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Moribundus Heros Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:49 Permalink

All mess starts with NORTHERN CRUSADES. Mistake what you do is greatest mistake of how to see history. It was feudalism. 1 guy = king, tsar, etc owns everything. To secure his ownership the guy has lower level guys = aristocracy, to protect his interest. Polish-Lithuanian Duchy was once biggest monarchy in Europe. Not country.

Then. The guy has siblings and they fight for inheratance. This was the game when Poland was split between Russia, Prussia and Austria. Trik was that it wasn't done by war, but by agreement of rulling class of Poland. One guy even called Turx for help and as Turx moved toward Poland Russia attacked and defeated them and get Crimea.

If we turn it into this days language. This 3 guys= Russia, Prussia and Austria acted like UN White Helmets, but actual rullers were Poles. It was prevention of civil war.

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SoDamnMad Tue, 06/12/2018 - 04:27 Permalink

I'm here across the border in Lithuania. I sure hope one of my buddies can over-ride the signal on the quadcopter and bring that baby down here.  I need one of those rocket launchers in my PP inventory.

SadhakaPadma Tue, 06/12/2018 - 04:43 Permalink

While Russian children understand war between Russia and Europe is impossible thanks to nuclear weapons....descent of poor educational systems in LItuania, Poland etc. giving bilions usd to Yanks for their useless tanks, helicopters and backward military bases.

william114085 Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:02 Permalink

Belarussian vodka is the best in the world, yet a very good bottle costs only $4.  Government puts price controls on it and it is not available for export. 

Just thought I'd offer that semi-interesting factoid to fellow vodka lovers. 

p.s. you can buy it at Minsk duty-free, but that $4 bottle is about $35 there.    

RockySpears Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:08 Permalink

  Using Russia's new "War Cloud", 10,000 drones, flown by basement jocks all over Russia, swarm over the Abrams, get withing 200feet and let loose.  I bet you most of the Abrams go down or at least lose a track.

  Million ruble reward for each tank disabled by the gamers.

 

"Would you like to play a game?"

 

RS

arrowrod Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:19 Permalink

The Pentagon is working on a solution.  As usual it has to cost at least $200 million per unit.

Belarus weapon, $200, 'muricin weapon, $200 million.  

Note to self, buy American defense contractor stocks.  What are they now?  I can think of Lockheed-Martin and Northrup-Grumman.

Clueless on Black Budget companies.

Moribundus Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:37 Permalink

Hardware "Pentagon just deployed"...Poles and Balts must understand, that USA do not want to war with Russia. All what USA wants is money. 

Poles wish to have USA base. Well. That would be wasting money and resources that can be used elsewhere to secure imperialism. Politicians in those countries are secured for US interest, just need to rise military spending.

Money_for_Nothing Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:24 Permalink

Russia will do what it both wants and thinks it can get by with. Crimea wants Russian rule until Russia raises taxes or some Russian oligarch screws them over. Poland wants US garrison cause US money and would help keep EU and Russia off their back. Ask Georgia about Russia. Russia doesn't do anything except what Russia wants or thinks is required.

Volkodav Money_for_Nothing Tue, 06/12/2018 - 08:43 Permalink

 

Ask Georgia about Saakashvili, who ordered sneak attack murdered Russian Peacekeepers,

in barracks and strafed, shelled South Ossetian civilians in homes, on street cold blooded.

Saakashvili ex President is wanted by Georgia for multiple crimes of office.

https://www.alternet.org/story/112457/that_was_no_small_war_in_georgia_--_it_was_the_beginning_of_the_end_of_the_american_empire

 

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