To strike Russian military infrastructures such as the airports from which the bombers take off, or more symbolically Moscow, the Ukrainian army is currently operating suicide drones made of… cardboard. Designed in Australia, they are difficult to detect by radar and can seriously damage Russian military aircraft.
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On the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the drone once again confirms its role as an essential tool to make a difference. To reduce its dependence on China, and in particular with the manufacturer DJI, the country now produces its own models for military purposes. Some of them serve as stalker ammo to target enemy vehicles or soldiers. It must be said that for several weeks now, Ukraine has responded to the terror of Russian bombardments in depth on its territory with the same thing in the heart of Russia.
On the other hand, unlike Moscow, the country essentially targets logistical infrastructures, decision-making centers and above all the airports from which Russian bombers loaded with missiles depart. For the moment essentially symbolic, its operations also show that Russian protection systems are not always effective. And to counter them even better, the Ukrainians are now using drones made literally of cardboard.
These suicide drones come from Australia. baptized Corvo and produced by the company For the sy, these waxed foamboard planes are more designed for surveillance and delivery operations. But the Ukrainians would have turned them into explosive drones. Australia would have delivered 500 since the spring to the Kyiv armed forces.
It was certainly these drones, undetectable by air defense systems, that hit the Pskov air base in Russia on the night of August 30. Four Russian transport planes were damaged according to the Tass agency. © Twitter
They are a hit!
The wing measures two meters in span and the empty weight is 2.4 kilos. The carrying capacity is 3 kilos, but a heavier version can carry up to 6 kilos. The Ukrainians therefore exploit this capacity to carry an explosive charge. It’s still little to do big damage, but enough to neutralize fighter planes.
This is precisely what happened at several Russian airports. A few days ago, Kyiv said it hit a MiG-29 and four Su-30 fighter jets at Kursk airfield in western Russia. These same drones reportedly damaged two Pantsir missile launchers and part of an S-300 air defense system.
Early this morning, a swarm of drones descended on Pskov airport in Russia. A base which is located 30 kilometers from Estonia and above all, 600 kilometers from the Ukrainian border. Again, four military transport aircraft were reportedly damaged or even destroyed. It must be said that due to its low mass, the drone is durable. It can fly for at least an hour and has a range of 120 kilometers if it crosses at 60 km/h. Compact when unmounted, it easily assembles and launches by hand or with a catapult. But above all, its structure made of cardboard makes it undetectable by radar, which allows the Ukrainians to show the Russian population that air defense systems do not protect military bases.
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