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UKRJET UJ-32 (Lastivka)

Loitering Munition Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) [ 2021 ]

The Ukrainian-originated UKRJET UJ-32 Lastivka loitering munition features an RPG-7 grenade as its warhead.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 04/22/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

Ukraine-based UKRJET specializes in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) and showcased its UJ-32 "Lastivka" loitering munition drone (alongside other solutions) at the Kyiv Arms Fair in 2021. Loitering munitions offer "kamikaze" type attacks against ground targets in which the entire system is made dispensable. This category remains a growing offshoot of UASs as a whole and represents a decided focus of many industry players as well as modern armies around the world.

As designed, the UJ-32 is able to operate in day or low-light level environments as well as adverse weather conditions, maximizing strikes against non-moving ground and maritime-based targets. Because of the mass availability of the RPG-7 grenade, this lowers manufacturing and procurement costs of the complete system and replacement units.

The simplistic, unique design of the UJ-32 showcases an RPG-7-type grenade projectile as its active charge, this weapon embedded in the nose of the drone's tubular fuselage. The design's configuration includes traditional, straight mainplane members, "V-canted" tailplanes for additional control and stability, and a twin-bladed propeller unit fixed at the rear of the design in "pusher" configuration. All this adds up to an economically-minded, vehicle-defeating unmanned solution worthy of the modern battlefield. Launching of the unit is by catapult rail and its relatively lightweight and compact size makes it highly portable.

Operational range is out to 40 kilometers while cruising speeds near 100 kmh. The aircraft can operate at altitudes below 2,000 meters.

The available Dedalus software allows for both manual and automatic control of the UAS with the return feed providing valuable reconnaissance of a target area as well. The system can be called off an attack if the situation warrants it and is easily programmed / preprogrammed as needed. Setup and take-down time is minimized due to the streamlined nature of its operation - giving much-needed tactical flexibility to forward-operating troops in an active war zone.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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In Limited Service.

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.

Design incorporates rear-facing pusher-prop arrangement, a contrast to the more conventional puller-prop layout.
Design utilizes an all-electric powerplant for drive power.
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
Design features ability to fly sans pilot, actions controlled onboard through programming and / or ground-based operator.
Design features autonomous flight operations made possible through onboard artificial intelligence or pre-programming.
Payload supports photographic equipment providing still and / or real-time image / video results.

monoplane / mid-mounted / straight
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are mounted along the midway point of the sides of the fuselage.
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the UKRJET UJ-32 production variant)
Installed: 1 x Electric motor driving two-bladed propeller unit in pusher arrangement.
Max Speed
75 mph
(120 kph | 65 kts)
Cruise Speed
56 mph
(90 kph | 49 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
+19 mph
(+30 kph | 16 kts)
6,562 ft
(2,000 m | 1 mi)
25 mi
(40 km | 74 nm)

♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030

(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the UKRJET UJ-32 production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
RPG-7 Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) warhead.

Supported Types

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(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings:

UJ-32 "Lastivka" - Base Series Designation.

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