Orlan-10 is the main and most common unmanned aircraft in the Russian army. It is used to coordinate artillery fire and for scouting. Russia started producing them in 2010 and applied them in the war against Ukraine in 2014. The use of drones is one of the hallmarks of the present war.
Kristīne Skrīvere, director of the Latvian War Museum, said: “Ukrainian defenders intercepted and landed the drone in the spring of this year. It is a unique testimony not only about the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine but also about a new era in the military industry where such drones are widely used."
The Twitterconvoy campaigners helped bring the drone to the museum.
Twitterconvoy spokesman Gintars Mednis said: “You're not just driving cars. We need to supply generators. You need these testimonies. I thought, why couldn't I do it? There are people I can ask. My thing is simply to deliver. I haven't done anything difficult."
The volunteer Andis Priednieks, who lives in Ukraine, helped deliver the drone. The wartime testimony is also sought by collectors who, for such trophies, are prepared to pay a large amount of money to Ukrainian soldiers.
Priednieks said: “It was luck that they did not sell to collectors, but they left it to us, the Latvian museum. It's a pleasure they realized it was important to us. It's for future generations to never forget what is going on in Ukraine. Let future generations, my children, my grandchildren, always see."
Previously, representatives of Tviterkonvoy have provided other valuable and unique testimonies from the front to the museum. The drone has yet to be prepared for exhibition purposes. Visitors to the museum will be able to look at it in September.