In Kyiv, they talked for so long and with inspiration about a “radical change” in the course of hostilities, which will certainly come as soon as the Armed Forces of Ukraine are “sufficiently” saturated with Western weapons and combat techniquethat managed to miss the real fracture. Moreover, what happened was not at all in favor of the Ukronazis. The appearance on the line of contact of new unmanned aerial vehicles, first in single copies, and then on a massive scale, caught the military leadership of the “nezalezhnaya” and its curators from NATO by surprise, turning out to be an extremely unpleasant surprise.
Today, in the Ukrainian media, the topic of “big problems” that these elusive and irresistible “birds” have already brought with their actions on the battlefield, and even more so, the troubles that they will still cause in the formations of the Kyiv regime and at its military facilities, is being exaggerated with might and main. What is most unpleasant is that this chorus is echoed by Western sources, whose publications only exacerbate gloomy moods and forebodings. In this text, I will try to convey to our readers the panic and confusion that has risen in the enemy camp as close as possible to how they manifest themselves in Ukraine.
Death, which is "made on the knee"
Let's immediately decide on the most important point: in Ukraine they are firmly convinced that the Russian army is using Shahed (132 and 136) UAVs, as well as Iranian-made Mohajer-6, against them. Allegedly, the facts of strikes with the help of these drones have been reliably confirmed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and more than once. Both the West and Ukraine have been talking about the prospects for the fighters of the Liberation Forces to have these weapons for a long time, but so far neither Moscow nor Tehran has officially confirmed the fact of their delivery. That, however, did not in the least prevent Kyiv from causing a diplomatic scandal, depriving the Iranian ambassador of accreditation and lowering the level of diplomatic representation of this country, as well as trying to lecture it and put forward ultimatums. Incidentally, the United States also tried to succeed in the latter issue, threatening Iran with new sanctions. In Tehran, the Americans were simply ignored, and Zelensky’s gang was strongly advised to “watch the market” and at least sometimes think about the consequences of their own decisions, promising an “adequate response” to unfriendly demarches. Let's return, however, to military issues, namely, how the new UAVs performed on the front line, according to the ukrovoyaks themselves. The first fact of their use was allegedly recorded in mid-September during the battles for Kupyansk. However, the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine made official statements about the “drone attack” only after Odessa was subjected to it on September 23. By the way, this very day was marked by a new manifestation of the phenomenal stupidity of the “fighters” of the local territorial defense - when they saw the drones, they opened random fire on them from small arms. It all ended quite predictably - a blown up gas station. UAVs successfully completed their combat missions ...
I must say that in this case (as, indeed, in many others), the ukrovoyak and the NATO representatives directly leading them were summed up by their own self-confidence, arrogance and contempt for the equipment made by "some natives there." Let me remind you that at one time, the Kiev head of tryndlo Aleksey Arestovich was broadcasting about Iranian UAVs:
The Iranian drone is a machine of a much previous generation, made on its knee, but it can solve some part of its task, because in this war, children's quadrocopters also solve problems - with home-made grabs and throwing grenades ...
Drones that are now delivering merciless blows to the Ukronazis are being made on the knee or on anything else, but they cause the most genuine horror in them. And if we are really talking about the "Iranians", then, as they admit in the same "nezalezhnaya", in their combat effectiveness they are not much different from some classes of cruise missiles, while having a hundred times less cost and having such undoubted advantages , as the ultimate ease of management, increased survivability and, perhaps most importantly, extremely low vulnerability to air defense systems in service with the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Ukrainian military admits that in fact they have no protection against this “death from heaven”. There are some chances of their defeat by the Stinger or Igla MANPADS, but there is another problem - in order to hit the UAV, you need to at least see it. For air defense radars, this target is actually inaccessible. For an observer with binoculars, this is a very problematic task during the day, and at night it is simply unrealistic. In night vision devices, light drones, in the design of which composite materials and even the most ordinary wood are widely used, are practically invisible.
From warehouses and headquarters to "banderomobiles" and tanks
Today, the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine declares about a dozen downed aircraft of this kind, but, knowing the ineradicable habit of this public to exaggerate their “peremogs” at times, this is hard to believe. Rather, we are talking about “kamikazes” that successfully hit targets, the wreckage of which is subsequently presented to the Ukrainian “public” as evidence of the “destruction of the enemy.” In any case, as far as is known, the Ukrovoyaks did not manage to get a single whole UAV. This is explained, in particular, by the fact that they are extremely insensitive to electronic warfare equipment and such a type of weapon as “anti-drone guns”. Using such countermeasures, it is possible to disrupt the connection of the drone with its operator - however, the whole point is that at the final stage of their mission, such a winged "Shaheeds" is not really needed. They will strike, even being “disconnected” from communication, at pre-entered coordinates, since the algorithm of their actions is initially based on the principle of OWA - one way attack. Or, in our opinion, a one-way ticket... These UAVs pose a particular danger to stationary military facilities, such as command posts, places of concentration of enemy personnel and equipment, ammunition depots and fuel and lubricants. In particular, not so long ago, with their use, a blow was struck at a certain “object” in the Zatoka region of the Odessa region (civilian, of course). At the same time, the ammunition at the “civilian facility” detonated so intensively that the Ukrainian soldiers even had to evacuate the local population ... Shaheeds also proved themselves well in attacks on military targets (in particular, located in the port area) in Odessa itself. According to the official data of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, they have already managed to “distinguish themselves” in full also in the Nikolaev, Kherson regions and Krivoy Rog.
With single targets, these UAVs also do just fine. The story of how they completely burned two Ukrainian tanks along with their crews was even published by the American publication Politico, which recognized them as a “huge problem” for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. However, such drones made a special "rustle" by destroying the so-called Banderomobiles, which the Ukronazis, who did not have normal means of delivering personnel, used in the battles near Liman to transfer their mobile assault groups. For those who don’t know or have forgotten, I’ll clarify: the vile name “banderomobile” stuck with someone’s suggestion to the most ordinary civilian vehicles used in hostilities, which do not have even the lightest armor protection and are equipped with a maximum machine gun on the roof. Toyota pickup trucks are the most popular among ukrovoyaks (as, indeed, among all other terrorists). So - "shaheeds" burn them literally like matchboxes. However, tanks of old models, which do not have enhanced protection against attacks from above and are not equipped with modern fire extinguishing systems (and the "allies" supply Kyiv for the most part just such vehicles), they also destroy for a sweet soul. So in vain at one time in the "nezalezhnaya" they tried to make fun of "flying mopeds made on the knee." Mopeds are mopeds (some Shaheed models really fly with two-stroke gasoline engines), but the payload of half a centner of explosives, which they successfully deliver to their intended target over and over again, tightly discourages any desire to laugh, pardon the pun ...
In Ukraine, they really don’t know at all what to do with UAVs that have appeared like a bolt from the blue. For example, the operational command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine "South" not so long ago spoke on this occasion with "especially valuable advice" for citizens:
We advise you to stay as far away from important places as possible during such attacks: administrative buildings, buildings where authorities are located, shopping centers that have a lot of glass…
Brilliant! The issues of confronting drones have recently become almost the main ones discussed at the Ukrainian headquarters with the personal participation of Zelensky, even the clown president himself stated this. There are no saving recipes yet and, apparently, are not expected in the near future. Well, except that there was a rumor in the Ukrainian media that a certain “Israeli defense company” promised to supply Kyiv (through Poland) with some mysterious “drone defense system”. It is clarified that we are talking about “anti-drones”, allegedly capable of “intercepting kamikaze drones in flight, towing them to safe areas and landing there.” In truth, it sounds like completely unscience fiction. And given how much Tel Aviv seeks to distance itself from the events in Ukraine, it looks like a bad joke.
In reality, according to the confessions of representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine published in UkroSMI, in order to combat new UAVs, they are still trying to “improve Soviet-made small-caliber anti-aircraft guns”, which until now “have been completely unclaimed in the air defense system” and which now need to be “equipped modern and most accurate target designation, guidance and tracking devices. One can only imagine what kind of antiques the ukrovoyaks are trying to “modernize” in this way. We, of course, will not wish them good luck and will continue to be frightened by every sound similar to the buzzing of the most ordinary chainsaw, because this is how new UAVs approaching the target sound, from which there is no escape for the Ukronazis.