Russian drones controlled with ‘cheap’ Logitech gamepads and Windows 2007

Russia's military equipment was supposed to be innovative, futuristic and devastating, but it appears that Vladimir Putin's drones are controlled by cheap game console play pads and an outdated Windows operating system.

Belarusian TV channel VoenTV reported on how the Russian air defence systems S-300 and UAV “Orlan-10”, which “protect the Belarusian sky”, work.

However, the report accidentally revealed the eyebrow-raising equipment behind the deadly drones.

In the clip, which is now doing the rounds on social media, two Russian servicemen are seen sitting at a desk. One of them is controlling an Orlan-10 drone with a Logitech gamepad, which retail for about £20 in the UK.

Thetechoutlook reported that the controller is a Logitech Gamepad F310, which was released in 2010.

Anonymous Updates, which tweets about the online vigilante group, also realised that on the computer screen, it appears that the serviceman is using Windows Vista to operate the drone.

The first incarnation of this operating system was released in January 2007, over 15 years ago.

Anonymous Updates tweeted: "Russian drones are controlled with cheap Logitech gamepads and Windows Vista?

"The report noted that most drones are controlled with cheap Logitech gamepads."

They also tweeted that the Orlan-10 drone is equipped with a regular Canon camera, popular with amatuer photographers.

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The tweet read: "By the way, here's a video from earlier of the 'unboxing' of the Orlan-10 drone.

"It turns out that these high-tech devices are not only controlled with cheap joysticks, but also equipped with a regular Canon camera, the power button of which is filled with glue."

Forbes reported that Russian drones "are not as advanced as you might expect."

Confirmed aircraft casualties to date include at least 19 combat aircraft and 32 helicopters, according to the same title, who add that the real figure is likely to be higher.

The Orlan-10 entered service in 2010 carrying cameras and other sensors, in 2020 a new upgrade saw it finally fitted with a laser designator.

There have been 14 of these destroyed in the conflict so far, Forbes said.

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