Ukrainian forces have deployed the VAMPIRE (Vehicle Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment) anti-drone system, supplied by the United States, to intercept and destroy a Russian Shahed drone over the Odessa Region. This incident represents the first combat use of the VAMPIRE system against enemy UAVs.
The VAMPIRE system, developed by L3Harris Technologies, is designed to offer a versatile and cost-effective solution to the rising threat posed by unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Utilizing the 70mm Zuni rockets equipped with laser guidance, the system provides precision targeting capabilities, crucial for countering the inexpensive yet potentially devastating drones used by both Ukraine and Russia. These drones have been employed to destroy high-value targets such as tanks, air defenses, and infantry units, underscoring the strategic value of advanced C-UAS platforms like VAMPIRE.
L3Harris’ VAMPIRE integrates the WESCAM MX™-10 RSTA targeting sensor with a weapons station, enabling operators to quickly and accurately engage aerial targets. The system employs the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) rocket, chosen for its affordability, accuracy, and reduced collateral damage risk. This system’s adaptability allows for installation on a variety of vehicles, providing Ukrainian forces with a mobile and effective countermeasure against enemy drones.
Ukrainian forces have deployed the VAMPIRE anti-drone system, supplied by the United States, to intercept and destroy a Russian Shahed drone over the Odessa Region. This incident represents the first combat use of the VAMPIRE system against enemy UAVs. pic.twitter.com/nYl5zQOspD
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