New Ukrainian jet UAV

New Ukrainian jet UAV
Wreckage of a previously unknown UAV. The center section, consoles and tail boom are visible. Labels on parts are marked in orange.

The Kiev regime regularly attempts terrorist attacks on Russian territory using unmanned aerial vehicles. For this purpose, UAVs of various models are used, and new ones appear regularly. The other day it became known that Ukrainian forces had a new kamikaze drone with a jet engine at their disposal. Its characteristic technical appearance suggests foreign origin.

Target for air defense

The Russian Ministry of Defense regularly reports on the suppression of Ukrainian attacks using UAVs by the air defense forces on duty. Air defense systems and crews promptly detect unmanned aerial targets flying from the direction of Ukraine and suppress or shoot them down. The enemy uses different types of equipment, but modern Russian radars and air defense systems in the vast majority of cases successfully cope with them.

On February 7, photographs of the wreckage of a previously unknown UAV appeared on specialized resources and blogs. It is believed that this product was launched in Ukraine and was heading to a target on Russian territory. However, the flight mission was not completed and the drone crashed in an unknown area. How exactly he was suppressed or struck is unknown. The condition of the objects in the published photographs does not allow us to draw accurate conclusions.

Estimated appearance and layout drone

The found debris, like the UAV itself, has several interesting features. The device was built using modern technologies and materials, and is also distinguished by a high production culture. In addition, the product is equipped with a small-sized German-assembled turbojet engine. Along with other fragments of the structure, a warhead similar to already known products in service with the Kyiv regime was discovered.

Reliable information about the origin of such a UAV, its name, characteristics, etc. remain unknown for now. However, various features of the debris allow us to make preliminary assumptions and conclusions. Even its poor condition does not interfere with understanding the general features of the product - when it fell, the device actually fell into pieces and lost some parts.

It is curious that the Ukrainian side has not yet boasted of its new jet UAV and has not declared its appearance as another “overcome.” Perhaps this is due to the failure of an attempt to use it in combat. A downed or suppressed drone would hardly be shown in a good light.

View from the tail

New design

The new Ukrainian UAV is built according to the “tailless” design with a delta wing. Judging by the wreckage, it has a cylindrical fuselage of high aspect ratio; the nose protrudes significantly in front of the wing. A mid-mounted wing with simple mechanization on the trailing edge was used. A keel is also provided. The warhead and control systems are located in the forward part of the fuselage. The center probably houses the fuel tank, while the tail is used for the engine. The air intake is located under the bottom.

The design of the airframe and the materials used in it are of interest. It seems that the airframe is assembled from large units made of fiberglass. Composite parts are complemented by a power set made of carbon fiber and plywood. Honeycomb plastic was seen in the tail where the engine is located. A UAV with such a glider must be highly lightweight and have good aerodynamics, which will improve flight performance.

The drone is equipped with a small-sized P400-Pro turbojet engine manufactured by the German company JetCat. This product has a length of 390 mm and an outer diameter of approx. 150 mm. Weight – approx. 4 kg. During operation, it develops a temperature in front of the turbine of up to 750°C and creates a thrust of 425 N. At maximum thrust, fuel consumption reaches 1,4 l/min. The control system is electronic, adapted for use on remotely controlled aircraft.

UAV electronic components

A turbojet engine allows you to obtain a high thrust-to-weight ratio and accelerate the UAV to fairly high speeds. However, the drone appears to be subsonic. Flight range is unknown. At the same time, the available data allows us to assume the ability to fly hundreds of kilometers, depending on speed, range and other factors.

The UAV received a high-explosive fragmentation warhead. This product is probably designated PKK-10. The warhead is made in a cylindrical body, almost completely filled with explosive. In the bow of the hull, ready-made striking elements in the form of balls are placed or a cumulative funnel is made. Warhead weight – up to 20 kg.

Detailed information about control systems is not yet available. Judging by the photographs shown, the UAV only has navigation aids and an autopilot, allowing it to fly along a given trajectory. There are no surveillance or detection systems, optical or radio engineering. All this indicates the ability of the drone to fly only along a given route to a pre-designated target with constant coordinates.

JetCat P400-Pro Engine

Foreign footprint

The new jet UAV is used by the armed forces of the Kyiv regime, but it is unlikely that it was developed independently. The foreign origin of the device is indicated by some design features, its components and markings. The drone was likely designed abroad, and at least some of the construction is taking place there.

The airframe of the device is made of fiberglass. In addition, it is made carefully - much better than parts for other Ukrainian UAVs. This indicates production in a factory environment, and in a fairly developed enterprise. The device also has an imported engine and electronics based on foreign components. All this makes one suspect the presence of a foreign trace.

All the main elements of the airframe and the engine received tags with markings, probably with the serial number of the aircraft. The same markings are present on some other Ukrainian UAVs. The authors of the telegram channel “UAV Developer” believe that such designations are further evidence of the foreign origin of the aircraft. According to them, the drone parts are manufactured in the USA and then delivered to Ukraine. The final assembly is carried out at Ukrainian facilities, and tags with a number allow you to identify the details of a particular product and prevent errors.

Marking on the engine. Similar labels are available on other parts.


It is now known that the enemy has another strike UAV at its disposal, capable of threatening troops in the combat zone and civilian targets in the rear. It is distinguished by high quality manufacturing and should show good flight and combat characteristics. It should be expected that the Kiev regime will continue to use such technology when available.

The interest of the Kyiv regime in such technology is quite understandable. He wants to continue terrorist attacks on targets deep inside Russian territory, but is having great difficulty weapons and the technology for this. The missile and artillery forces, as well as the air force, can no longer cope with all tasks without risk, and an alternative solution is needed. They are any long-range attack UAVs, preferably as simple and cheap as possible.

It is assumed that the new jet UAV was created with the active assistance of foreign countries, probably the USA or Great Britain. They too can benefit from such cooperation. First of all, these countries solve their military-political problems and indirectly continue to harm Russia. In addition, with the help of Ukrainian formations, NATO countries are testing new developments in real combat conditions. Probably, the Pentagon wants to gain experience in the development and operation of UAVs of various designs and use it later in its own interests.

High-explosive fragmentation warhead

At the same time, the Russian air defense is also learning. The enemy is trying to attack our targets and is actually creating a target environment. Crews of radars and anti-aircraft systems have the opportunity to test and improve their skills and abilities. At the same time, they have a special responsibility - unlike training at the training ground, such aerial targets cannot be missed.

Another threat

Thus, the Kiev regime, independently or through assistance from abroad, is bringing new models of unmanned aerial vehicles to operation and combat use. aviation technology. This time they tried to use a long-range kamikaze drone of a special design and specific appearance. Fortunately, the attempt was unsuccessful, and the damaged UAV crashed somewhere in the area.

The position of the Kyiv regime is constantly deteriorating, and the potential of its armed forces is declining. Due to the negative situation at the front, he will try to look for alternative methods of struggle. In particular, we should expect new terrorist attacks using long-range strike UAVs. At the same time, Ukrainian formations can still count on help from abroad, but the volume and pace of supplies are already in question.
  • Ryabov Kirill
  • Telegram / "UAV Developer", HI Sutton / Covert Shores
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  1. -4
    February 12 2024
    mid-wing with simple mechanization on the trailing edge

    Is it possible to find out what kind of mechanization is located on the trailing edge of the wing?
    1. -3
      February 12 2024
      Is it possible to find out what kind of mechanization is located on the trailing edge of the wing?

      Simple request
    2. +4
      February 12 2024
      From the wing mechanization there are elevons, that is, surfaces that combine ailerons and elevators. There are no flaps, no flaps. Apparently this is what they call "simple"...
      1. +1
        February 12 2024
        Quote: Quzmi4
        There are no flaps, no flaps. Apparently this is what they call "simple"...

        Yes, something like this is what I was thinking
  2. -7
    February 12 2024
    It is curious that the Ukrainian side has not yet boasted of its new jet UAV

    Well, even not very smart people learn from their mistakes, especially after the loud anomaly of the counter-grunt, and other behind-the-scenes equipment... right now we are just like Aliens 2.... the scene cut from the theater where Hudson brags about how brave he is... Where do they land in a landing ship on Elv 426
  3. -3
    February 12 2024
    the product is equipped with a small-sized turbojet engine assembled in Germany
    And to this is a high production culture using modern materials. This means that not only the turbojet engine is German. The Germans firmly took the path of war with Russia without regard to their historical experience. It is quite difficult to track the delivery of such UAVs to the territory of Ukraine in disassembled form.
    1. 0
      February 13 2024
      It is quite difficult to track the delivery of such UAVs to the territory of Ukraine in disassembled form.

      But what can you do, you will have to keep track one way or another to at least find out where this final assembly is taking place on the territory of Ukraine
  4. +5
    February 12 2024
    During operation, it develops a temperature in front of the turbine of up to 750°C
    Surprisingly clumsy translation. It was necessary to write simply - “the temperature in front of the turbine is 750C”.
  5. +3
    February 12 2024
    The drone is equipped with a small-sized P400-Pro turbojet engine manufactured by the German company JetCat.

    The engine is German, and is manufactured and sold by Chinese friends and allies.
    Fifteen thousand dollars on Ali.
    1. 0
      February 12 2024
      The engine is German, and is manufactured and sold by Chinese friends

      And the trace in the article is Anglo-Saxon.
      Oh and Ryabov
  6. +2
    February 12 2024
    We will undoubtedly see more drones powered by mini-jet engines (~4 kg) as soon as they are commercially available. There were also mentions of a jet bomb, so it’s not just Ukrainians who are experimenting with jet drones.

    It is also obvious that the cost of such engines can be radically reduced. Now these are low-volume products for exotic applications, such as aircraft modeling and jet-packs (how many of those jet-packs?), but with demand in the thousands. for military applications and with the willingness of the military to radically reduce the requirements for resource (disposable product) and even quality (10% of defects with a 50% reduction in price), such engines may well become widespread.

    As for application scenarios, it seems to me from the couch that distant drones will still remain mostly piston-powered. A piston engine consumes several times less fuel, which means a much greater range. Such drones are guided by coordinates to stationary targets. Situations when a stationary target needs to be hit as quickly as possible are, after all, exotic (Osama bin Laden). And there are missiles for them, including ballistic ones. This is if you really need it and very quickly. Surprisingly, the capabilities of long-range drones to overcome air defenses are also comparable. Where there is a Pantsir, a jet drone will not fly there. Where it is not there - and strikes with long-range drones imply a huge selection of targets deep into enemy territory - a piston drone will work there.

    I am confident in the rapid spread of jet drones before our eyes, but I foresee their use in front-line areas, where swarms of such drones will create air defense problems and will be a real threat to aviation - remember attempts to attack helicopters with conventional FPV?
    1. 0
      February 12 2024
      that long-range drones will still remain mostly piston-powered

      It's time for electric motors.
      For drones of this class, survivability is important. And the internal combustion engine is too hot
    2. 0
      February 13 2024
      The thing is, even in the news this drone was present, like a new propeller-driven hybrid drone with jet propulsion was tested in the USA, it seems like the question is why they use jet propulsion on new drones so that they can fly higher on the propellers for vertical take-off and how much height can be raised on the propellers and then jet thrust is turned on, which means that the air defense will not be able to reach these small drones, but they just decided to experiment with jet thrust, if for the first time you think they will abandon someone, don’t be naive, because the fact that it fell is unknown why it fell because the fuel ran out or maybe something is defective so that the specialists will figure it out, but the fact that they are starting to use small drones and they will have to fight with missiles at a higher price, and that this drone has a jet engine, then your forecasts are not correct, you can put such engines into production and they will be practically equal in price piston, which means such drones will fly higher, and the question here is whether air defense can be shot down by electronic warfare, it’s clear that electronic warfare will not be able to operate at such altitudes, which means that these small drones will essentially be a scourge and not isolated cases of launch
  7. 0
    February 12 2024
    ... the device has an imported engine and electronics based on foreign components. All this makes suspect a foreign trace.

    Wow, what revelations! What turns of phrase!
    "to suspect", "foreign trace"
    Yes, every second article on VO - the West helps Ukraine
    And every first - Ukraine uses Western technologies
    And then, of course, by the end of the second (!!!) year of hostilities, the experts suspected something...

    Author, you should write novels, not notes on VO
  8. BAI
    February 12 2024
    All this indicates the ability of the drone to fly only along a given route to a pre-designated target with constant coordinates.

    So Starlink doesn’t work over Russia (thanks to Musk) and GPS navigation, judging by my navigator, doesn’t either. This is the only thing left if they don’t use GLONASS
  9. 0
    March 1 2024
    There are vague doubts... that we have infiltrators sitting around and secretly launching drones... who will explain how a banderodrone could fly to Nizhny Novgorod?!

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