Russian defence ministry approves plan to equip Navy with counter drone capabilities

According to information published by Izvestia on July 13, 2023, and covered in defence media reports including Navy Recognition, Russia is to equip its ships with additional anti-drone capabilities under a modernisation plan approved by Russia’s Ministry of Defense.

Media reports say the ships will feature additional electronic warfare stations and special fire points equipped with large-calibre machine guns. A portion of Russian warships has already undergone the corresponding modernisation, including at least one amphibious ship, according to the Russian report.

The additional protection of the Russian Navy is not only relevant considering the experience from special military operations in Ukraine, but also in light of the potential use of combat drones by terrorist organizations, Admiral Valentin Selivanov, former Chief of the Naval Staff, told Izvestia.

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