The unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) battalion of the Russian military base in Tajikistan will receive the Eleron-3 and Tachyon UAVs in the first quarter of 2020, Colonel Sergei Goryachev told Russian Media on 16 November.
According to the base commander, the new technology will increase the mobility of the unit. “Thanks to the unmanned aerial vehicles Eleron-3 and Tachyon, the mobility of the unit increases and the time for starting work is reduced due to the portable kit, which does not require special equipment for transportation. These systems allow you to receive information and complete tasks quickly, efficiently and on time for due to the ability to transmit a video signal to a ground control point in real time, “said Goryachev.
“The newly formed battalion of unmanned aerial vehicles 201 military base in the first quarter of 2020 will receive the latest reconnaissance systems of remotely piloted unmanned aerial vehicles” Eleron-3 “and” Tachyon “for close range operations. With the help of UAVs, the quality of surveillance over border territories, “said Goryachev.
The drone battalion was formed at the 201st Russian military base in Tajikistan in May 2019.
Defence Insight Analysis
The 201st military base deployed in Tajikistan is the largest military facility in Russia beyond its borders. It is located in two cities – Dushanbe and Bohtar.
The Russian compound is armed with T-72 tanks, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, Grad multiple launch rocket systems, Gvozdika, Akatsiya artillery systems, and, since October 26, 2019, the S-300PS anti-aircraft missile systems.
According to open source the base counts:
- 6,000–7,000 personell
- 96 tanks
- 300 armoured personnel carriers
- 54 artillery pieces
- 1,100 other vehicles
- 8 helicopters
- 5 ground attack aircraft