One of the latest additions to the arsenal of the Russian military is the Izdeliye-53 ‘Lancet’ kamikaze drone, equipped with an automatic targeting system. This advanced drone has the potential to change the dynamics of conflicts by increasing strike success rates and providing a cost-effective means to target critical assets.

In this article, we will delve into the details of the Lancet’s latest variation and its impact on the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The Emergence of Izdeliye-53

Russian forces have been using the Izdeliye-53, also referred to as “Product 53,” kamikaze drone on a limited scale since around October 21, according to assessments from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

These new iterations of kamikaze drones come with a revolutionary feature—an automatic guidance system capable of distinguishing different types of targets. This cutting-edge technology significantly enhances the chances of a successful strike.