Western analyst suspects that the Ukrainians tried to carry out the attack on Sevastopol with the help of new sea drones

The Ukrainian attack on Sevastopol on the night of March 22 may have been carried out with a new type of maritime drones that are smaller than those used in 2022. The attack was unsuccessful, but the very fact of what happened matters. Naval analyst HI Sutton, who is part of the OSINT (open source intelligence) community, informed the public about this in his blog.

The expert said that several images showing a new naval drone appeared on the social networks of Ukrainians and near-military publics. This is an unmanned surface vehicle (USV), allegedly developed on the territory of Ukraine. In the latter, he strongly doubts, it is more likely that the Ukrainians bought these drones somewhere or they were supplied by some country in the form of military support.

Western analyst suspects that the Ukrainians tried to carry out the attack on Sevastopol with the help of new sea drones

Perhaps it is no coincidence that today (March 22, 2023) Sevastopol was attacked by a naval drone. However, it has not been confirmed if this new design was directly related to this incident.

the observer pointed out.

He noted that, despite the availability of photographs, only a small number of details could be established. But he will continue to study the subject.

It (USV - Ed.) seems a little smaller and overall smoother than the previous type. There is no sign of a camera, or sensor masts, or communications. This doesn't mean they don't exist, as they may just be efforts to protect key features and therefore capabilities.

- said the specialist.

The analyst noticed in one of the videos from the scene how the USV was on fire, stuck in the floating booms of the harbor. However, he was unable to determine the type of drone.

He also recalled that in the morning the governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, wrote on his Telegram channel that the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy repulsed the USV attack, which was coordinated with the help of UAVs in the air. Three enemy USVs that were trying to enter the bay were destroyed from small arms. At the same time, air defense worked on the UAV in the sky. As a result of the USV explosions, glass flew out in adjacent buildings, people and warships were not injured.

Even if no ship is sunk, attacks matter a lot

the analyst concluded.
  • Photos used: twitter.com/CovertShores
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  1. zuuukoo Online zuuukoo
    zuuukoo (Sergei) 23 March 2023 22: 48
    The case could well have been "designed" and even manufactured on the territory of Ukraine. After all, it's stupidly molded plastic.
    But where and by whom the filling was made and through whose satellites intelligence information was collected and control was provided ...

    It is more interesting that at least they tried to use a coordinated attack with several devices.
    Unlike a single February attack on the Odessa bridge using a lone UAV.
    1. zenion Offline zenion
      zenion (zinovy) April 1 2023 19: 44
      The UAV was not alone. He has a father, mother and children. And the fact that he exploded, because of negligence, was too interested - what did he do.
  2. Dust Offline Dust
    Dust (Sergei) 23 March 2023 22: 52
    It is known that the drones were British. The question arises, who controlled them? These drones could be controlled from a satellite, a ship, an airplane, land ... It's like the Nord Stream, everyone knows and guesses that the United States did it. But can you prove it? So here, who said that these drones were led by the British or Ukrainians? We are offered to play their games like - Pleasing! And ours constantly play along with them.
    1. Alexey Lan Offline Alexey Lan
      Alexey Lan (Alexey Lantukh) 24 March 2023 17: 41
      Sea drones are another weapon. It may happen that in the Atlantic, for some unknown reason, a gas carrier from the USA to Europe exploded.
    2. blackcat190463 Offline blackcat190463
      blackcat190463 (Yuri) 24 March 2023 21: 25
      A satellite-controlled drone could be controlled by anyone from anywhere on the planet, even a punch-card grandfather, although no, he could not, he is poorly oriented in space am
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 23 March 2023 23: 33
    For now, it's like digging in a sandbox.

    The attack by small ships was also developed in 1 and 2 MB. And single attacks had no sense. Full of examples - for example, with an attack by single torpedo boats on the coast of Turkey in 2 mv.
    Success is only a massive attack of small things on big ships. In the USSR and others, torpedo boats were made for this. In mass, under the protection of smoke, torpedo the enemy squadron ..... but it was not useful in this form

    It is also described here - as if no one knows about history. 2 boats there... 1 boat here... 3 boats here... not serious
    1. Sulla the Glorious (Sulla the Glorious) 24 March 2023 04: 08
      They flew and will fly, Kyiv has already made it clear that there will be no negotiations, that there are NO untouchable objects and targets for them. These neo-Nazis will hit EVERYTHING they can reach. angry

      Until the Armed Forces of Ukraine lose their combat effectiveness COMPLETELY, these drones will check our facilities. And then with the shrunkers and all sorts of forest creatures - the specialists will have to mess around, the hatred from the other side is already going through the roof. crying
    2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 24 March 2023 13: 37
      Torpedo boats became widespread when, on July 15, 1918, the Austro-Hungarian battleship Saint Stephen (21 tons, built in 1915) was sunk by two Italian torpedo boats. The history of successful sinking received an impetus for the further development of torpedo boats in all fleets of states, including the USSR. Why, yes, a small ship, especially without a crew, can bring huge losses to the enemy. Today, samples of Ukrainian surface vehicles without crews are only a prologue to future battles without crews. Do not be late to us with your funds, or it will be as always.
  4. wladimirjankov Offline wladimirjankov
    wladimirjankov (Vladimir Yankov) 24 March 2023 18: 03
    At the same time, air defense worked on UAVs in the sky

    To work it out does not mean to bring it down. It turns out that
  5. vlad127490 Offline vlad127490
    vlad127490 (Vlad Gor) 24 March 2023 19: 20
    The tasks, reconnaissance, set by NATO to break through the defenses of Sevastopol with the help of drone boats were completed. You should wait in other ports.
  6. wladimirjankov Offline wladimirjankov
    wladimirjankov (Vladimir Yankov) 24 March 2023 20: 26
    At the same time, air defense worked on UAVs in the sky

    To work out does not mean to bring down. It turns out that three naval and one air drone of the Nazis, unnoticed by our means of radio intelligence, radar, air defense, freely reached the bay of Sevastopol, entered it, one drone hit the booms and exploded, the other two passed them and headed for the ships standing there and only after that the drones were visually noticed by two female soldiers on duty and then destroyed with small arms. Thanks to our women for conscientiously serving, not sleeping and doing their duty. And what about our air defense, radar control and monitoring of the coastal zone, border guards, where were they and what did they do? Or their locators are not able to see these drones or the people who serve them were just sleeping. But something needs to be done about this. This is already the second case of penetration of enemy drones into the Sevastopol Bay. Why is it necessary to bring them to this, and not to detect and intercept them in the border zone. Why is it impossible in this wartime to conduct round-the-clock monitoring by our UAVs, border, patrol ships of coastal waters, to improve the radar. so that they can detect such boats in advance when they approach and cross our border. Well, this time we were attacked by three drones, and if there are 10 or 20 of them at once. I'm afraid our women will no longer be able to cope with this and booms will not help. What are we waiting for? Is the second Tsushima already in Sevastopol?
  7. Dmitry Volkov Online Dmitry Volkov
    Dmitry Volkov (Dmitry Volkov) 27 March 2023 12: 50
    I'm wondering where these drones were fired from, again from a dry cargo ship? And what did our PLO do, probably stationary sonar buoys should stand in front of the bay or they are not there, how can you see underwater objects with your eyes, even if they have binoculars, and at night a maximum of 500 meters, the thermal imager will not see these targets, as we will fight back , booms, and if a swarm ...
  8. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) April 1 2023 19: 42
    The Americans handed over these boats to the Ukrainians in order to know if it would work, or if it would have to be redone. They will probably be remade for trained sharks, or dolphins. Or train dolphins to chase sharks.