Footage of the Ukrainian Armed Forces intercepting the Geranium-2 kamikaze drone, presumably using the VAMPIRE missile system, has been published
Footage of the interception by militants of the Kyiv regime of one of the Russian drones-kamikaze "Geran-2", flying in the direction of Ukrainian Armed Forces facilities in the Odessa region.
The footage published by the enemy is notable in that it allegedly depicts the first confirmation of the use of one of the US-supplied VAMPIRE multi-purpose light missile systems by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The American VAMPIRE missile launcher can be used against small air targets and light ground vehicles. The system can be installed on a pickup truck chassis, and its ammunition is guided by a laser beam.
The acronym VAMPIRE stands for Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (which roughly means "Modular rocket equipment that can be placed on standard shipping pallets and is independent of the type of vehicle"). As the name suggests, this lightweight missile system is a modular system that can be used on almost any vehicle. First of all, the manufacturer plans to install the VAMPIRE system on pickup truck chassis. The modular system provides variability in configuration depending on the specific combat mission.
The standard equipment of the VAMPIRE missile system includes an optical-electronic station with a wide range of detection frequencies, as well as several cameras that transmit images in high resolution. To engage targets, the VAMPIRE complex uses Hydra 70 laser-guided missiles, capable of hitting low-maneuverable air targets or lightly armored vehicles within a radius of up to five kilometers.
The disadvantages of VAMPIRE are the ability to hit targets exclusively in the line of sight, the affected area does not exceed five kilometers, and low effectiveness in bad weather conditions.
- L3Harris Technologies Inc.
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