Saturday, January 28, 2023

Mystery drones expose holes in Russian missile defense

Russian military and intelligence analysts scrutinized ‘kamikaze’ drone debris recovered at the military camp attack site in Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine.

According to Russians, it is Ukrainian mysterious new loitering ‘kamikaze drone’.

“About 7 units have been flown at the same time. Most of them were shot down by air defense units covering the area. But a few pieces still reached the camp,” the message added.

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The military said the drones used in the attacks were Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles with long and slender wings that offer the lowest drag for a given lift at subsonic speed.

One image on social media showed the remains of a suspected Ukrainian-made suicide drone, including what appeared to be part of an X-tail assembly with a screw and fairing part.

Some analysts said mystery drones have a range of about 150 km and strike high-value targets with precision at long ranges.

The kamikaze drone loiters above the operational arena, locates and tracks the enemy, ‘investigate’ possible targets to help to select the high-value ones, chooses the right timing, direction and angle of attack, and then performs a precise strike.

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