A Russian long-range kamikaze drone damaged a MiG-29 fighter jet at a military airfield in Ukraine’s southern Dnipropetrovsk region.
The Ukraine Weapons Tracker group claimed the strike was carried out by a Lancet loitering munition at the airfield near Kryvyi Rih.
Forbes said an explosives-laden Russian drone struck and damaged a MiG-29 fighter on the tarmac at Dolgintsevo air base near Kryvyi Rih on or before Tuesday.
According to the report, the strike on a Ukrainian fighter jet at the airfield might be the new Lancet’s combat debut. What’s equally alarming is that a second drone observed the Lancet attack from overhead, indicating that Ukrainian air defenses at the base weren’t active or weren’t working.
#Ukraine: A Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter aircraft was damaged by a Russian Lancet loitering munition at the airfield of Kryvyi Rih.
The closest Russian positions are located more than 65 kilometers away. pic.twitter.com/2plF7i6aMH
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) September 19, 2023
Some Russian media reported that it was a new type of long-range loitering munition designed as a deep-strike weapon.
Kamikaze drones, or suicide drones, are a type of aerial weapon system. They are known as a loitering munition because they are capable of circling for some time in an area identified as a potential target and only striking once an enemy asset is identified.