kyiv claims to have drones with a flight range of 3000 km, named “Mathias Rust”
Cessna airplane on Red Square in Moscow. Image Courtesy: Twitter
Kyiv: Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a government official in Kyiv claimed that the country’s armed forces now possess thousands of attack drones with a flight range of over 3,000 km.
Called the Ukrainian Swarm, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is named after Mathias Rust, a peace activist who landed a Cessna in Moscow’s Red Square in 1987, according to several social media pseudonyms.
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, shared the news on Twitter along with the photo of the Cessna in Red Square in Moscow.
“Український рій” “імені Матіаса Руста” – десятки моделей, тисячі дронів. Ударні БПЛА на озброєнні ЗСУ дальністю польоту більш як 3000 км.
1987 рік, червона площа, москва, літак, Руст. pic.twitter.com/iAXhDLNn4C
— Oleksiy Danilov (@OleksiyDanilov) March 29, 2023
A Twitter user claimed that the only drone with such a flight range is the Sokil-300 (long range version).
The user further shared that Ukraine has been developing this for a year. It includes technology used in the Neptune missile system, the user noted.
National Security and Defense Council Secretary Danilov said the AFU now has thousands of attack drones with a flight range of over 3,000 km, calling it the Ukrainian swarm, from Mathias Rust’s name. A peace activist who landed a Cessna in Moscow’s Red Square in 1987 https://t.co/AazWJ31ICh
— CHRISTMAS 🇪🇺 🇺🇦 (@NOELreports) March 29, 2023
Who was Mathias Rust?
In 1987, 19-year-old Mathias Rust shocked the world by flying over Soviet air defenses to land a Cessna plane in Red Square, Moscow, the BBC reported.
According to the report, Rust alone flew more than 500 miles (750 km) through every Soviet defensive shield in the single-engine plane, which he landed at the gates of the Kremlin.
(With agency contributions)
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