In the 89 days since Russia began its illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the Russian military has lost several dozen Orlan-10 drones, according to open source intelligence analysts who have reviewed the data. photos and videos on social media.
The team of researchers at Blog Oryxwho is compiling photographic and video evidence, reported that the Russian Armed Forces have now been visually confirmed to have lost 50 Orlan-10 Orlan-10 drones since February 24.
The Orlan-10 is a medium-range, multi-role unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the Russian Center for Special Technology in St Petersburg. It is designed for a variety of missions including aerial reconnaissance, observation, surveillance, search and rescue, combat training, jamming, radio signal detection and target tracking.
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British military intelligence said in a statement that drones are playing a pivotal role in the Russia-Ukraine war. But drones have proven vulnerable to being shot down and jammed with electronics.
“Russia has been trying to implement the ‘Attack Reconnaissance’ concept that it has improved in Syria, using reconnaissance UAVs to identify targets hit by fighter jets or artillery,” according to the information. intelligence posted on Twitter.
However, Russia may be facing a “shortage” of these UAVs “further aggravated by the limited domestic production capacity of the country due to sanctions”, the ministry said.
The British intelligence agency said that if Russia continues to lose UAVs at the current rate, “the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the Russian forces will be further degraded” and this will have “negative effects”. to their fighting ability.
Latest Defense Intelligence Update on the situation in Ukraine – May 21, 2022
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