In May 2023, Russia launched more than 300 Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles during attacks against Ukraine. This is the most intensive use of this weapon system to date.
This was reported by the UK Ministry of Defense on Twitter.
According to the report, Russia is probably launching so many one-way attack uncrewed aerial vehicles (OWA-UAVs) in an attempt to force Ukraine to fire stocks of valuable, advanced air defense missiles.
According to British intelligence, Russia is unlikely to have been notably successful: Ukraine has neutralised at least 90% of the incoming OWA-UAVs mostly using its older and cheaper air defence weapons and with electronic jamming.
"Russia has also likely been attempting to locate and strike Ukrainian forces well behind the front line. However, Russia remains very ineffective at hitting such dynamic targets at range because of its poor targeting processes," the British Ministry of Defense said.
Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 05/06/2023