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 Magura V5 sea drone infographic
Graphic shows the specifications of the Magura V5 drone, and Russian ships sunk by sea drones.


Ukraine increases use of “kamikaze” drones

By Jordi Bou

March 14, 2024 - Kyiv is stepping up attacks against Russian warships with the use of domestically produced sea drones, which have crippled Moscow’s naval capability in the Black Sea.

The Magura V5, named after a Slavic goddess of war, has a range is 800km, so it can easily reach the Crimean peninsula and even the Russian coastline. It can allegedly carry 350kg of payload, enough to sink a warship.

The Magura drone can sail up to 78km/h. Thanks to its speed and size – 5.5m long – it's hard to spot, especially among the waves at night.

The hydrodynamic hull and sleek profile allow the drone to move secretly, making it easy to launch from any remote location.

There is another advantage of the Magura. They do not require a complex infrastructure to launch. The control panel of this marine drone looks quite compact, no larger than a modern laptop.

Sea drones are proving difficult to stop, specially when launched as swarm to overwhelm the ship's defences.

In the latest reported strike, Ukrainian naval drones attacked the Sergei Kotov patrol ship near the Kerch Strait, according to the Ukraine's military intelligence agency.

In February, drones sank Russia's Caesar Kunikov amphibious landing ship and Ivanovets missile corvette.

PUBLISHED: 14/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Ministry of Defence of Ukraine