Light Sport Drones Strike 800 Miles Inside Russia


Ukraine has extended the reach of its Light Sport drone program, this time striking 800 miles inside Russia to damage an oil refinery. The Aeroprakt A-22 completed the mission on May 9, and it would appear the program has expanded to include another homegrown design, the Aerosar Nynja. According to Forbes, Friday’s attack was Ukraine’s deepest so far and it likely won’t be the last. It damaged the cracking unit at the refinery, which is one of Russia’s largest.

More details are also coming out about how the aircraft, which retail for less than $100,000, are outfitted to become such a symbolically potent weapon. Simple computers are linked to servos to manipulate the existing controls. Satellite radios stream video from cheap cameras and transmit the control inputs from the remote operator, Forbes reported.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.


    • …. and would seem the is the ideal middle finger to the Russians who, as I recall, damaged the Aeroprakt factory in Kyiv in the early days of the war.

  1. The shortest distance between Moscow and Ukraine by air is 523 sm. Moscow is within range. More than just a Piroshki flight to target a refinery.

    • You might want to revisit what the Allies did to quite a few areas in WWII, Art. Once you start something, BOHICA … it might come back to bite you.

  2. “War crimes” are only committed by the loosing side since the winners decide what is a crime.