A new player has emerged on the battlegrounds in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia—Vampire bomber drones.

These reportedly fast, hard-to-detect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have earned a fearsome reputation among Russian forces, who have ominously dubbed them “Baba Yaga,” after the evil witch from Slavic folklore.

Let’s delve into this recent report and see the broader implications of this alleged nightmare drone, including its capabilities, impact, and deployment in today’s modern conflict scenarios.

Menacing Reputation and Operational Capabilities

Operating primarily during nighttime raids, the Vampire drones, according to a report by Bussiness Insider, possess remarkable capabilities that allow them to maneuver close to Russian tanks and armor before striking with devastating explosives.

Their impact has been so profound that the defense ministry of Ukraine recently shared a video (see below) from United24, a government-run crowdfunding and digital-media site, heralding these UAVs as “the Russian’s nightmare.”

Unit Code 9.2, stationed outside Bakhmut, features prominently in the showcased video, contrasting the use of DJI Mavic drones during the day with the deployment of the formidable Vampire drones at night.

These Vampire UAVs, known for their speed, can reach up to approximately 23 meters per second and carry significant explosive payloads of up to 15 kilograms to obliterate enemy targets.