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Vampire weapon system makes Ukraine combat debut

The press service of the Ukrainian Navy recently published images showing the combat effectiveness of its air defense units, marking the confirmed debut of a new Counter-Unmanned Air System (UAS) weapons system developed by L3Harris for Ukraine .

The video captured the moment a Russian kamikaze drone, identified as Shahed-136, was successfully shot down by an Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket launched from the Vampire weapon system.

The Vehicle Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE) system is a compact, palletized rocket launch platform equipped with modern sensors and four-shot APKWS launchers designed for installation on flatbed trucks. Initially used by the US Navy and Army to attack air-to-ground targets, the VAMPIRE system introduces a laser-guided rocket capable of effectively countering unmanned aerial threats.

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The L3Harris weapon can be assembled in two hours and operated by a single person. It can be equipped with missiles to hit ground or air targets, including unmanned aircraft systems. El Vampiro is part of a broader aid package to Ukraine.

The Vampiro is a low-cost and easy-to-assemble weapon compared to other anti-drone measures, such as electronic warfare technologies or surface-to-air missile systems.

In December of last year, the United States completed the delivery of all 14 contracted complexes, strengthening Ukraine’s defensive capabilities against aerial threats.

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