View from the Target: Russian Drone Captures Ukrainian Yak-52 ‘Drone Hunter’ | Aviation

The Yak-52 as seen from the Russian drone. The image, shared on Telegram by the @faceofwar channel.

An interesting video has emerged showing the Yak-52 as seen from Russian drone’s camera.

As we reported some weeks ago, in an engagement reminiscent of WWII dogfights, a Ukrainian training aircraft reportedly shot down a Russian Orlan-10 drone over Odessa, on Apr. 27, 2024. Videos shared on Telegram and X show the Yak-52 “drone hunter” circling the drone as it descends toward the ground with a parachute (likely automatically deployed).

Sources suggest that although the Yak-52B variant can carry GUV-8700 pods with machine guns or UB-32 pods with unguided rockets, only one such configuration was produced. Therefore, the Russian drone was likely shot down by the second crew member using a handheld gun or automatic weapon.

Interestingly, on Jun. 8, 2024, a new clip was widely circulated on Telegram. This time the point of view is not the one of the Yak-52, but the one of the target drone. While short, the video is particularly interesting as it shows the two crew members of the Ukrainian trainer as they maneuver most probably to get in the right position to achieve a shot.

The backseater looks like he’s about to pull out machine gun or something else from the cockpit.


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