Russia has opened an unmanned aircraft service to teach troops operate drones in the country’s Western Military District.
"An unmanned aircraft service has been established in the Western Military District for the first time. Under the direction of the service’s officers, UAV units’ personnel will study the procedures and methods of using unmanned aircraft to complete various missions in mountainous and forest areas, carry out tasks on exploring mountain gorges and searching for simulated enemy in different weather conditions, during day and night," the district’s press service was quoted as saying in a statement by Sputnik Tuesday.
According to the statement, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) significantly increases intelligence possibilities in combat situations and may help avoid losses among personnel and equipment and hardware.
Over 50 UAVs, including the Orlan-10, Leer-3, Eleron, Takhion and others, are currently in service with the Western Military District.