Russia’s “non-explosive weapons” can cost Ukraine thousands of UAVs

Western experts say that Russia is gaining a great advantage over Ukraine with electronic warfare (EW) weapons, making Kyiv can lose about 10,000 UAVs a month.

The RUSI Institute (UK) published a report saying that Russia’s EW weapons appear to be causing significant damage to Ukraine’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) without using any bullets.

According to RUSI statistics, in the past time, Russia’s EW systems have operated relatively stably, allegedly intercepting 10,000 enemy UAVs per month, equivalent to 333 units per day.

Like the arrangement of air defenses with short-, medium- and long-range complexes that cover each other, Russia also allocates EW complexes with a similar mechanism, ensuring they can cover every 10km along the vertical matrix.

An earlier report by the military website Eurasian Times said that Russia proved to be dominant over Ukraine in the field of electronic warfare when it was able to intercept UAVs, communications equipment, and navigation signals. satellite. Ukraine also possesses a number of EW complexes, but the ability to cover the front lines and power is not equal to Russia.

According to experts, Russian EW systems have made Ukraine’s TB2 attack UAV significantly reduce its combat effectiveness in the context that this drone has caused a lot of damage to Russia before.

In Ukraine, Russia is allowed to use EW complexes such as Krasukha-2, Krasukha-4, RB-341V LEER-3, R-330Zh Zhitel, Murmansk-BN, and Moskva-1. They can interfere with radar, radio, and communications satellite navigation signals at different frequencies. Russia also seems to use the 14Ts227 Tobol complex, which is capable of interrupting the synchronization of the Starlink satellite internet system with terminals on the ground.

RUSI lists the Shipovnik-Aero complex, which they say has helped Russia intercept a series of Ukrainian UAVs, by disrupting communications with people or weapons control stations.

On the other hand, RUSI said, Russia seems to be disrupting the enemy’s military communication capabilities with EW complexes, typically Torn-MDM jammers.

Electronic warfare weapons are often referred to as “invisible assassins” because they are military weapons that use electromagnetic energy to attack or disrupt an opponent’s activities. It can disable any electrical device and can be executed from the ground, in the air, on land, at sea, and in space without the use of explosives, or direct attacks.

According to experts, electronic warfare consists of three basic elements: reconnaissance, attack, and protection. With reconnaissance operations, electronic warfare forces gather intelligence by locating enemy electronic signals. With offensive operations, electronic warfare forces will disable or reduce the capabilities of the enemy’s systems, including radio communications, mobile phones, air defense radars, or artillery radars. The third is to deceive the opponent so that the bullet misses the target.

In addition, the core function of many electronic warfare systems is to provide multi-spectral jamming capabilities that reduce an adversary’s ability to maintain smooth communications. In modern warfare, communication is the key to synchronizing and synergizing military units into enemy positions.

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