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Loitering Munition / Expendable UAV

Ukraine | 2020

"The RAM loitering munition is just one of many Unmanned Aircraft Systems in play during the Russo-Ukrainian War."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the RAM Loitering Munition / Expendable UAV.
1 x Electrical powerplant driving two-bladed propeller unit at rear of fuselage in pusher arrangement.
47 mph
75 kph | 40 kts
Max Speed
19 miles
30 km | 16 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the RAM Loitering Munition / Expendable UAV.
7.5 ft
(2.30 m)
O/A Width
11 lb
(5 kg)
Empty Weight
18 lb
(8 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the CDET RAM Loitering Munition / Expendable UAV .
1 x 6.6lb (3kg) warhead payload.
Notable series variants as part of the CDET RAM family line.
RAM - Base Series Designation.
RAM II - Variant.
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The "RAM" is a Ukrainian designed, developed, and produced loitering munition in active use in the Russo-Ukrainian War (2022-Present). Loitering munitions have growing importance since the start of the conflict, giving warplanners all around the world a vision into the near-future battlefield. Loitering munitions are relatively inexpensive expendable assets which can directly target ground elements through near-precision strikes. The drone is used up in the attack process - hence its categorization.

Company material suggests that the RAM is a further evolution of the Leleka-100 series drone.

The RAM can fly for up to 55 minutes or out to 18 miles (30km) while carrying an explosive warhead weighing 6.6lb (3kg). Accuracy is within 3.3 feet (1 meter) of detonation site. Overall weight of the complete unit is 17.6lb (8kg) making it manageable by a single operator.

With a wingspan of 7.55 feet (2.3 meters), the aircraft can reach cruising speeds of 44 miles-per-hour (70kmh). Take-off Is via simple catapult assembly and time-to-flight is just 10 minutes of preparation.

The arrangement of this aircraft is conventional and utilitarian. The optics set is positioned at the nose on a traversable mounting to provide for the needed eyes-in-the-skies. The fuselage is cylindrical and "missile-like" in its general shape, the tail capped by a single rudder fin with low-set horizontal plane assembly. The mainplanes are positioned over the fuselage and are of a straight, clipped tip design. Power is from a pusher-mounted engine driving a two-bladed propeller unit.

The RAM is designed with modularity in mind, capable of mounting three distinct warhead types to suit the mission need. This includes standard types such as High-Explosive, FRAGmentation (HE-FRAG) for use against unprotected infantry and High-Explosive, Anti-Tank (HEAT) to counter armored / covered targets. Still more is the ability to mount specialized warheads like Thermobaric which can be used against "soft" targets (namely infantry) under or behind cover.

The detonation effect is considerable for a munition of this type, making it an effective measure against many modern battlefield threats including tanks.

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

Total Production: 550 Units

Contractor(s): CDET LLC - Ukraine
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Image of the CDET RAM
Image from official RAM UAV marketing materials; video capture.

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