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Ukrainian defense forces received "Sharks" for HIMARS target acquisition

Author: RBC Ukraine

Ukrainian intelligence has received two new domestically-produced "Shark" reconnaissance complexes from volunteers. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be used for target acquisition and guidance for the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher systems, reported by the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in their Telegram channel.

The cost of the transferred complexes amounts to 26 million hryvnias, which were raised by the "Return Alive" fund and the "OKKO" gas station network.

Within the program's framework, volunteers have handed over to reconnaissance units four UAVs, two command centers based on specially equipped mobile vehicles, and two launch installations.

The Main Intelligence Directorate notes that the "Shark" UAVs will be responsible for target acquisition and search operations for the HIMARS systems.

"This domestically-produced UAV has proven itself effective in combat conditions. In just the past few weeks, the first complex provided by philanthropists has reportedly destroyed approximately 25 million dollars worth of Russian equipment," say the reconnaissance units.

Advantages of the "Shark"

The Ukrainian-made UAV can remain airborne for over four hours and fly from -15 to +50 degrees Celsius. It has a maximum flight speed of 150 km/h.

The UAV's camera has an electro-optical sensor with 30x optical magnification and additional digital zoom capabilities. It can perform adaptive target tracking even at 100 km/h speeds.

The Ukrainian "Shark" UAV underwent modernization, and the development company, Ukrspecsystems, showcased the updated drone.