Russian drone attacks becoming more frequent, Ukraine’s Air Force says
Shahed drone (Photo:REUTERS/Roman Petushkov)
The Russian military has increased the frequency of kamikaze drone attacks on Ukraine, launching Iranian-made Shahed drones from Bryansk Oblast, Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on April 3.
"Usually it is (in Russia’s) Bryansk Oblast, near the Seshcha airfield; they are launched in small batches of 10-15 UAVs of this type," said Ihnat.
He clarified that is Moscow’s tactic of scouting out Ukraine’s air defense grid and depleting the supply of anti-air missiles.
According to him, most Shahed drones are taken down, by mobile fire groups armed with flak machine guns and MANPADS.
The attacks usually happen at night, presenting an additional challenge to Ukraine’s defense forces – the mobile groups have to be armed with night vision devices, thermal imagers, and searchlights to help spot incoming targets.
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