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Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) / Commercial Drone

China | 2022

"The Chinese DJI MAVIK 3 lightweight, camera-equipped drone has seen operational over-battlefield use in Ukraine by Russian forces."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the DJI MAVIK 3 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) / Commercial Drone.
All-electric quadcopter arrangement driving 4 x Twin-bladed lift units.
43 mph
69 kph | 37 kts
Max Speed
19,685 ft
6,000 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
10 miles
16 km | 9 nm
Operational Range
26 ft/min
8 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the DJI MAVIK 3 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) / Commercial Drone.
3.7 ft
1.14 m
O/A Length
3.1 ft
(0.93 m)
O/A Width
1.1 ft
(0.35 m)
O/A Height
2 lb
(1 kg)
Empty Weight
2 lb
(1 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the DJI MAVIK 3 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) / Commercial Drone .
None. Payload restricted to optics.
Notable series variants as part of the DJI MAVIK 3 family line.
MAVIK 3 - Base Series Name.
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The DJI Mavik is an off-the-shelf quadcopter series originating from DJI of Shenzhen, China and belongs to a product line that currently (2022) includes the "MAVIC 2 PRO", "MAVIC PRO Platinum", "MAVIC 2 ZOOM", "AIR", "AIR 2", "AIR 2S", "MINI SE", "MINI 2", and the lineup's flagship product - the "MAVIC 3" (the focus of this article). While an inherently commercial-minded product, the drone has been featured more and more by Russian forces (apparently through crowd-funding measures and import by way of ally China) during the country's invasion of neighboring Ukraine beginning in February 2022.

Some visual evidence suggests the drones have been being equipped with more advanced optics including thermal sensors and have been subject to other over-battlefield modifications for Russian Army forces desperate to match the Ukrainians lead in use of drones in the conflict.

Beyond its assumed real-time reconnaissance / scouting capabilities in the military sphere, a solution like the MAVIC 3 can also be used for military operations related to artillery spotting / direction and have excellent qualities that includes low-procurement costs, ease-of-use, near-silent operation, and transportability - all vital to the modern battlefield. In the civilian space, the same tool can be deployed in more humanitarian ways such as Search & Rescue (SAR) efforts and post-disaster assessment and take part in general industry initiatives (Oil & Gas, offshore), border control, smuggling prevention, and maritime boundaries enforcement.

The MAVIC 3 boasts such features as a full-color, high-resolution video-recording twin-camera arrangement, omnidirectional obstacle / terrain avoidance (with downward / upward vision), smooth flight characteristics, low-light operation capability, and automatic-return function. The Unmanned Air System (UAS) can sustain flight up to 46 minutes and transmit 1080p live-feed at 60fps out to a range of 15 kilometers. The drone is operated remotely / wirelessly via a gamepad-style controller (complete with thumbsticks) by a single ground operator.

The MAVIC 3's arrangement is conventional as quadcopter's go, the twin-bladed propellers held outboard on extending arms emanating from the body. The primary optics set is positioned at the front for the drone with sensors and front and back. The system can be handily collapsed for transport.

The complete kit is made up of the quadcopter / drone itself, the RC Pro handset, carry bag, drone storage cover, 10Gbps data cable, filters, and portable charger.

As of April 2022, the MAVIC 3 retails for $2,049 USD.

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April 2022 - More and more visual evidence has been seen of Russian forces and supporting elements in Ukraine utilizing the MAVIK drone for surveillance.

June 2022 - Photographic evidence has revealed that the MAVIC 3 drone is also in operational forces with Ukrainian ground elements, specifically with the 36th Marine Brigade.

Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the DJI MAVIK 3. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 2,000 Units

Contractor(s): DJI (Shenzhen) - China
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Image of the DJI MAVIK 3
Image from DJI website product marketing materials.

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