IDEF 2023: Ukraine firm STE unveils maritime drone USV Magura V5

The MAGURA V5, unveiled at the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) 2023, represents a major step forward in Ukraine's military technology.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Ukrainian maritime drone (USV) Magura V5 at IDEF 2023. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

Notably, the V5 has already been deployed in the ongoing War in Ukraine, providing essential support and strategic advantage.

The Magura V5's primary function is surveillance and reconnaissance, making it an invaluable asset in gathering real-time intelligence. Equipped with advanced sensory and imaging technologies, the V5 can conduct extensive sea patrols to monitor hostile activities. It can also contribute to search and rescue missions, offering a swift and efficient response in times of need.

In addition to these roles, the Magura V5 is capable of mine warfare, posing a significant threat to enemy vessels. The V5 can stealthily place mines or use its advanced detection systems to identify and neutralize enemy mines, making the seas safer for friendly naval fleets.

One of the most significant advantages of the Magura V5 is its autonomous functionality. By removing the need for human crew, the V5 not only minimizes personnel risk but also operational costs. This makes the Magura V5 a cost-effective tool for defense and security.

As for its specifications, the Magura V5 is relatively compact, measuring 5500 mm in length, 1500 mm in width, and 500 mm in height above the waterline. However, its smaller size doesn't compromise its performance or capabilities.

The V5 can reach impressive speeds, with a cruising speed of 22 knots and a burst speed of 42 knots. It also boasts an impressive range of 450 nautical miles, allowing for extensive operations without refuelling.

The maritime drone has a load capacity of 320 kg, making it capable of carrying various payloads, including surveillance equipment, rescue tools, or weapons.

Its connectivity options include a mesh radio with an air-based repeater or satellite communications (SatCom), ensuring reliable and continuous communication with command centers.