By 2025, Russian armed forces are set to integrate hundreds of military drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. The plan is to utilize the drones in various functions of military operations.
According to the International Business Times, the Kremlin has ordered extensive military exercises and shown a commitment to the redevelopment of its military after Russian President Vladimir Putin swore to spend trillions of rubles to overhaul Russia’s armed forces within the next decade.
“By 2025, as a result of implementation of new measures, the government will get several hundred modern, Russian-made UAVs of various types. Most of them will be drones used for short ranges, the most need in Russian armed forces,” stated an official from Russia’s United Industrial Corporation.
Putin has reportedly said that the Kremlin would spend more than 21 trillion rubles ($340 billion) to revamp the Russian military by 2020. Russia’s president has ordered thousands of military members to participate in recent military drills.
Recently, Moscow announced plans to create a “self-sufficient” diversified military force in the Arctic by 2018. In April, Russia’s navy conducted readiness drills that included its first use of unnamed underwater drones.
The International Business Times reported that over the last few months, Russia has extended its long-range bomber patrols to reach as far as the Arctic Ocean and conducted land, sea and air training exercises around the world. Western nations, members of the European Union and NATO have expressed concern about Russian aggression.
The hundreds of unmanned aerial vehicles will be produced domestically through collaboration between Russia’s largely state-owned defense industry and JSC Vega Radio Engineering, a company that specializes in surveillance devices. It’s unclear when the first of the drones will be ready for deployment.
Russia already faces worldwide scrutiny amid the Kremlin’s purported intervention in the eastern Ukraine conflict that has killed more than 6,000 people since early 2014.