The occupiers have changed the tactics of using Shaheds to strike Ukraine: Nayev explains why drones are difficult to shoot down
Recently, the occupiers have changed the tactics of using Shahed-type attack drones. In particular, the enemy began to use them mainly at night and at extremely low altitudes, constantly changing the construction of routes.
This was stated by the Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Serhiy Nayev, in an interview with RBC-Ukraine. He noted that the occupiers use drones taking into account the terrain.
The difficulty of shooting down drones is that it is impossible to accurately predict their route for an effective response by mobile fire groups. Since they are usually detected by acoustic methods (engine sound), it is quite a challenge to determine their flight direction at night.
"In the absence of visual contact, destroying an air target without knowing its exact position in the airspace is a difficult task, but it should be noted that we are trying to cope with it. Usually, the advantage is given to systems that can detect air targets using radar," Nayev said.
As noted, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently said that in total, the Russians have already launched at least 1961 Shahed unmanned aerial vehicles on the territory of Ukraine. At the same time, earlier military intelligence officials noted that the contract with Iran provided for the supply of about 1,750 units of these drones. Nayev said whether Russia has signed a contract for new deliveries of Shaheds from Iran or has already started using the Shaheds it planned to produce at its plant.
"According to available data, the contracts have not yet been fully implemented. We have information that the Russian Federation is negotiating the supply of both new batches of Shaheds and other types of Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles. To what extent is the Russian Federation succeeding in establishing production in its territory? "There are a lot of statements, but so far there has been no such massive serial production of Shaheds in Russia," the commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said.
As OBOZREVATEL has previously reported, the aggressor country Russia may well resort to shelling Ukraine on Independence Day, 24 August, just like on any other day. At the same time, the defenders of Ukrainian skies will continue to monitor the situation, warn of and respond to threats.
The Times also reported, citing an Armed Forces colonel who wished to remain anonymous, that the most powerful air defence system has been created around Kyiv. It consists of Patriot, Nasams and IRIS-T air defence systems, but Ukraine must continue to improve its defences against enemy attacks.