Ukrspecsystems managed to update the reconnaissance SHARK UAV, presented only at the end of October 2022. According to information on the Facebook page of the company, the new version got wings with a larger span and a more powerful battery.
The wingspan of the Ukrspecsystems SHARK UAV has increased from 1.91 m in the first model to 3.4 m in the new one. Combined with a more powerful battery, this will allow the updated UAV to be in the air twice as long – up to 4 hours.
“And this means the ability to conduct reconnaissance and correction twice as long, multiply the amount of information collected, and keep the situation on the front line under real-time control for twice as long,” says the company’s message.
All Ukrspecsystems SHARK UAVs will now have such parameters, and these UAVs will soon enter the Armed Forces.
As a reminder, the Ukrspecsystems SHARK UAV is a small UAV that is launched using a catapult and lands on parachutes. It is designed to solve all the main tasks of reconnaissance, observation and adjustment of fire. SHARK is equipped with a camera with a 30-fold optical zoom and has a reliable encrypted communication channel. The UAV is designed specifically for penetrating into temporarily enemy-controlled territory: conducting deep aerial reconnaissance and adjusting fire, including from Western long-range weapons, for example, HIMARS.
Most likely, the Ukrspecsystems SHARK UAV is included in the list of 7 Ukrainian-made UAVs that have been put into operation in the Armed Forces in the last 30 days. This was recently reported by Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defense of Ukraine.
“Previously, the army accepted 1-2 samples of UAVs per year for operation. For comparison: in the last 30 days, 7 samples of Ukrainian-made UAVs were admitted to operation in the Armed Forces,” said the minister.
In addition, according to Reznikov, another 19 applications for admission to operation of Ukrainian-made UAVs are under consideration. They are planned to be considered by the end of 2022.