YAk-52 As A Drone Interceptor

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1st Lieutenant
May 30, 2011
Cape Canaveral
Thirty years ago a DoD report considered the ultralight threat to US installations such as Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg AFB, pointing out that current US fighters were ill suited to intercept such low and slow aircraft. I thought, "Okay, so when do we order some F3F?s"

From Avweb:

"Two weeks after Ukraine used a Light Sport aircraft modified as a kamikaze drone to attack a Russian drone factory, video proof of other outside-the-box tactics emerged this week of two guys in a Yak 52 shooting down a Russian drone with small arms. In a scene reminiscent of First World War dogfights, the much faster Yak (top speed about 100 knots) circles the Orlan-10 spy drone with its deployed emergency chute."

"The video was shot near Odessa and it was apparently the handiwork of a "Ukrainian volunteer flying club." According to commenters on the video the drone, which doesn't carry weapons, is worth between $87,000 and $120,000."

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el4RH999QSI

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