Russia’s kamikaze drones demonstrate highly effective in Ukraine
Russian loitering munitions, also known as kamikaze drones, are impacting the conflict by allowing the Russian military to attack expensive and high-tech Ukrainian weapons systems such as radar or long range cannon.
A prowling projectile is a drone system that slams into a target and usually explodes on impact. They are considered the most effective for hitting stationary targets, and if the target moves away from the original position, the chance of hitting is greatly reduced.
The open source intelligence group (OSINT) Oryx said on March 4 that at least 100 successful attacks by Russian kamikaze drones on Ukrainian targets had been recorded.
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A list of Ukrainian targets visually confirmed to have been destroyed, damaged or hit by Russian Kub and Lancet shells includes air defense systems, modern Ukrainian-made combat vehicles and systems cannons supplied by the West.
Hit or miss: Russia’s Lurking Ammunition Kill List
– 2 M109 SPG (1x destroyed, 1x damaged)
More than 100 successful hits have been recorded. Most of these were achieved by the Lancet-3M.
Full list: https://t.co/Wy1KFlPEly
– Oryx (@oryxspioenkop) March 3, 2023
Kamikaze drones have become a real pain for the Ukrainian military and instill fear in the minds of artillery teams, which have become the main target of Russian drones. Since the drone is guided to the target by tactical reconnaissance such as Orlan-30 or Zala, it is difficult to detect in advance the approaching Lancet or Kub and jamming the radio control channel is also difficult because in Last stage, it was controlled by an inertial system.
The OSINT team has said that the increased use of prowling weapons comes as Russia’s attack helicopter fleet suffers heavy losses.
Oryx notes that Russia has sought to take full advantage of the propaganda effects of sneak bombs by uploading videos of their exploits.