Military infrastructure hit by Russian drones in Odesa Oblast

Military infrastructure hit by Russian drones in Odesa Oblast

Fire in Odesa after Russia sends Iranian drone into military object. Photo: Serhii Bratchuk 

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A military infrastructure object in Odesa Oblast is on fire following the detonation of ammunition after at attack by Russian drones in the night of 26 September, Head of the Odesa Oblast Administration Serhiy Bratchuk reported.

Civilians are being evacuated because of the massive fire and ammunition detonation, he said.

One drone was shot down by Ukraine’s air defense while two hit the military object. Bratchuk did not mention the type of drone, but in previous days, Odesa was under multiple attacks of Iranian Shahed kamikaze drones.

On the morning of 25 September, what was apparently a Shahed 136 hit an administrative building in Odesa.

Russia attacked central Odesa using three “kamikaze” drones – OpCommand South

And on 23 September, Russia’s attack of Odesa with Shahed 136 kamikaze drones killed one civilian.

Russia attacks Odesa with Iranian Shahed-136 kamikaze drones, kills civilian – VIDEO

Iranian Shahed-136 drones in the war against Ukraine

Iranian Shahed-136 drones in the war against Ukraine

On September 16, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed that the Russian military uses Iranian drones in Ukraine for the first time. They noted that shooting down this target is extremely difficult, so additional equipment and intense monitoring by the air defense units are required.

Yurii Ihnat, the spokesperson for the Air Force Command explained that Shahed 136 is barely visible on radars; it’s a relatively small aerial target that flies mainly at a low altitude. It can be shot down with different air defense systems, or even small arms. But the best options, in this case, would be anti-aircraft guns or, for example, such air defense systems as Ukraine’s ZSU-23-4 Shylka or Germany’s Gepard. Also, the drones can be taken down with electronic warfare systems.

The Ukrainian military has been shooting down Shahed-136s on the battleground. For example, on September 22, 5 kamikaze drones were shot down over Mykolaiv Oblast. At least four of them were Iranian-made Shahed-136s. The drones were used against Ukraine during its recent successful offensive in Kharkiv Oblast, creating problems for Ukrainian artillery units, WSJ reported.

Russia’s Iranian-made Shahed drones creating problems for Ukraine – WSJ

The Washington Post and CNN reported earlier that Iran had sent a batch of unmanned aerial vehicles to Russia. According to them, drones Mohajer-6, Shahed-129, and Shahed-191 were sent to Russia on August 19. Sources close to US intelligence said that the Russian military was dissatisfied with the first tests of the Iranian UAVs, as they faced numerous malfunctions. However, according to WP, Moscow intends to buy hundreds of such drones from Tehran.

Although Iran’s drone program has been developing since the late 1980s, the country is under sanctions, and many of the drones are believed to have been largely copied from foreign vehicles.

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