MOSCOW, November 10. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday released footage showing combat work of crews operating Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles in the special operation zone. The operators not only carry out round-the-clock reconnaissance of combat areas, but also send SMS messages with calls for laying down arms through cellular operators being used by the nationalists.
"UAV operators, depending on the type of equipment, conduct radio reconnaissance, tap enemy communication lines, catch on camera the areas where Ukrainian militants are stationed, and send SMS messages with calls for laying down arms to the subscribers of mobile operators the nationalists are known to be using," the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Videos and accurate identification of enemy targets make it possible to transmit crucial information to the command post and artillery units.
In the released video an UAV operator says that Russian military personnel do not stop combat work under any circumstances.
"We were in the base area, working as usual. Everything was normal. At a certain point we came under artillery fire. Shrapnel hit the vehicle’s body and the control room. Fortunately, the equipment remained intact. The convoy had to be redeployed to a different base, where we kept doing our job," he said.