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Failure of air defense to intercept drones alarms Kremlin

May 15, 2023

Drones continue to attack Russian military targets. The air defense system is unable to intercept them, which should cause concern in the Kremlin.

This was reported by the UK Ministry of Defense on Twitter.


On 03 May 2023, several uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) struck Russia’s Seshcha Airbase, 150km north of the Ukrainian border. One An-124 heavy transport aircraft of Russia’s Military Transport Aviation (VTA) was likely damaged, the UK Ministry of Defense says.

According to British intelligence, Seshcha is a hub for the VTA in western Russia and has played a major role in enabling Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia also uses the site to launch Iranian-produced one-way-attack UAVs towards Kyiv.

"The VTA is a well-resourced element of the Russian Air Force, essential for transport across the vast country. Russian leaders will be concerned that Russia’s air defences continue to be compromised, holding at risk key strategic assets such as VTA bases," the British Defense Ministry said.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 15/05/2023

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