Lithuania acquires kamikaze drones for Ukraine

Lithuania acquires kamikaze drones for Ukraine
# 30 September 2022 17:30 (UTC +04:00)

The Lithuanian Defence Ministry on Friday signed a contract with a Polish company for the acquisition of kamikaze drones for Ukraine, APA reports.

The ministry has said Lithuania would use funds raised in a crowdfunding campaign to buy Warmate drone systems from Poland’s WB Group and hand them over to Ukraine.

Deputy Defence Minister Vilius Semeška said that two complete sets, including the launching system and 37 units of loitering munitions, will be purchased from Poland.

The so-called kamikaze drones are capable of carrying explosives and destroying tanks and command posts, and the need for these drones has been coordinated with the Ukrainian military, according to the deputy minister.

The manufacturer is expected to deliver the systems in October or November.

The easily transportable Warmate kamikaze drones weigh around 5.7 kg and can operate at a range of 30 kilometres and attack at 150 km/h.

The funds for the purchase were raised by Andrius Tapinas, a Lithuanian journalist and media personality. His initiative, called the Legion of Boom, raised over 2 million euros, and half of the money will be used to purchase the Warmate loitering munition systems.

In July, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry handed a Bayraktar TB2 combat drone over to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.