More than 20 kamikaze drones shot down by the Ukrainian Air Force. Image: sibsky2016/Shutterstock.com

The Ukrainian Air Force revealed on Thursday, January 26, that it had shot down more than 20 kamikaze drones sent overnight by Russian troops.

“On the night of January 26, the Russian occupiers resumed attacks on Ukraine with Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 kamikaze drones,” the Ukrainian Air Force wrote in Facebook.

“The attack drones were launched from the eastern coast of the Azov Sea.”

He added: “According to preliminary data, the enemy used 24 Shaheds.

“All 24 were destroyed by anti-aircraft missile units, fighter aircraft and mobile fire groups of the Air Force, in cooperation with air defense units of other components of the Ukrainian Defense Forces.

“Most of the kamikaze drones were destroyed in the center of the country, in the area of ​​responsibility of the “Center” Air Command.

More than 20 kamikaze drones shot down by the Ukrainian Air Force
More than 20 kamikaze drones shot down by the Ukrainian Air Force. Image: AU Armed Forces Air Force Command/Facebook

On December 19, The Ukrainian Air Force reportedly shot down another 30 out of 35 Shahed-136/131/ Geran-2 loitering munitions (kamikaze drones) launched from the eastern coast of the Azov Sea..

Shahed drones were recently described as “highly effective in the role of terrorist bombings of Ukrainian cities” by war expert Oliver Alexander.

On Twitter on Tuesday, October 18, Alexander said that “while the Iranian Shahed-136s are primitive and inaccurate, they are highly effective in the role of bombing cities and forcing the Ukrainian military to use higher value air defense weapons to counter them. .”

“If Russia can continue to acquire large quantities, either through continued imports from Iran or establishing domestic production, it could theoretically sustain daily terrorist bombing attacks on Ukrainian cities for the foreseeable future,” he said.

He aggregate: “While many air defense weapons have been shipped to Ukraine, the numbers are not infinite and production is more complicated and time consuming than Shahed-136 style drone production.

“In theory, a large part of Ukrainian air defense supplies could be kept busy by daily terrorist bombings of cities.”


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