A battalion of drones will be formed at the 201st Russian military base in Tajikistan before the end of the year, as stated by the Commander of the Central Military District, Colonel General Vladimir Zarudnitsky, Interfax reports.
According to the Colonel General, the battalion will be equipped with Orlan and Eleron UAV systems. The creation of the unit will make it possible to use considerable forces of unmanned vehicles "in a single information system” and improve the effectiveness of motorized rifle troops, artillery and aviation, the Interfax reports. Zarudnitsky did not specify how many unmanned aerial vehicles the battalion would have.
Russia’s 201st military base is stationed in the cities of Dushanbe and Kurgan-Tyube.