The occupants equipped Shahed drones with jet engines: what it means and what is the danger for Ukraine
The aggressor country of the Russian Federation has begun installing jet engines on Iranian kamikaze drones of the Shahed-136/131 type (Russian version "Geranium-2/1"). With their help, the drones will allegedly be able to reach speeds of up to 800 km/h compared to the current 200 km/h.
This was stated by Russian Army Major General Vladimir Popov on the propaganda channel. If the data voiced by the occupiers' representative is true, it will be more difficult for Ukraine's air defense forces to shoot down enemy targets.
According to the Russian official, with jet engines, their "modified" attack UAVs can accelerate to 600 km/h, and some up to 800 km/h.
"Therefore, the countermeasures are reduced and the precision characteristics are increased. It has started to hit the target more precisely because the navigation has also changed," Popov assured.
He added that some of the drones can carry seven to eight kilograms of explosives.
The propagandist's claim has not been confirmed, but analysts suggest that such modifications used by Russia to attack Ukraine every night will make it harder for the defenders of the sky to shoot them down.
Earlier, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine showed what the Shahed kamikaze drone consists of. It turned out that there are virtually no Russian components in it, they are mostly of foreign origin.
A SIM card of the Ukrainian operator Kyivstar was recently found in one of the downed Shahed-136/131 drones. Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat noted that experts are currently investigating not only how the SIM card got into the enemy drone but also what functionality it was performing.
As OBOZ.UA reported earlier, Russian occupants use different routes during drone attacks, but the entry points to Ukrainian airspace remain unchanged. The invaders continue to launch UAVs from the temporarily occupied Crimea, the Russian city of Primorsko-Akhtarsk, as well as the Bryansk and Kursk regions of the Russian Federation.