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Russian Army Struck 43 Ukrainian Targets With Lancet Loitering Munitions Past Week (Videos)

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Russian Army Struck 43 Ukrainian Targets With Lancet Loitering Munitions Past Week (Videos)

MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA – JUNE 25, 2019: A ZALA Lancet-3 attack drone developed by Kalashnikov Concern on display at the Army 2019 International Military Technical Forum at Patriot Park. Marina Lystseva/TASS

The Russian military damaged or destroyed 43 pieces of equipment of Kiev forces using Lancet loitering munitions during the past week.

The Ukrainian losses between June 9 and 15, all documented in video by Lostarmour.info, were:

  • Eight Self-propelled howitzers, including two Polish-made Krab, one German-made Panzerhaubitze 2000 and one American-made M109;
  • 12 Towed howitzers, including three American-made M777;
  • Two multiple rocket launchers, including a Soviet-mae BM-21 Grad and a Ukrainian-made Vilkha;
  • Three Main battle tanks;
  • One infantry fighting vehicle;
  • One air defense systems, a Soviet-made Buk-M1;
  • One self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, a German-made Gepard 1A2;
  • Six electronic warfare system, including three Ukrainian-made Nota, one Bukovel-AD and one Plastun-RP3000;
  • Four radars, including two American-made AN/TPQ-36, one AN/TPQ-50 and one Soviet-made P-18ML;
  • One drone control and command vehicle;
  • Three trucks and other military vehicles, including an American-made FMTV M1083A1P2;
  • One warplane, a Soviet-made Su-25.

The Lancet was developed by the ZALA Aero Group, a subsidiary of Russia’s defense giant Kalashnikov Concern. The company produces two versions of the loitering munition, the Izdeliye-52 with an endurance of 30 minutes and a one-kilogram warhead and the larger Izdeliye-51 that has an endurance of 40 minutes and is armed with a warhead weighting three kilograms.

The loitering munition flies towards the designated area with a GLONASS-aided inertial navigation system. After arriving in the area, the operator utilizes an onboard electro-optical system via a two-way data-link to detect, track and lock on the target. A laser-ranging system then controls the detonation of the warhead.

Ukrainian attempts to stop Lancet loitering munitions with air defense fire, electronic warfare or countermeasures have so far been mostly unsuccessful.

Lostarmour.info documented a record 302 Lancet strikes during May. The number of documented strikes this month has already reached 100. It’s worth noting that many strikes remain classified, which means the real number of strikes could be much higher.

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