Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Operation “DRAGONFLY”. Successful operation of the SSO of Ukraine to attack airfields in Berdyansk and Luhansk
The special operations forces received information about the enemy’s use of the airfields in the temporarily occupied Berdyansk and Luhansk, as well as the presence of a significant amount of aviation and special equipment and ammunition.
The specified information has been verified and confirmed. The coordinates and the necessary data have been transferred to the units of the Defense Forces. As a result of the fire strike on the night of October 16-17, the occupiers suffered significant losses.
According to the latest data, the following were destroyed in Berdyansk and Luhansk:
✔️nine helicopters of various modifications
✔️ special equipment that was located at airfields
✔️ anti-aircraft missile launcher
✔️ ammunition warehouse
✔️ airfield runways were damaged
The ammunition depot in Berdyansk detonated before 4 am. The detonation in Luhansk lasted until 11 am.
Losses in the enemy’s manpower amount to dozens of dead and wounded. Bodies are still being pulled from the rubble.
Comment: This how the Ukrainian SSO announced last night’s ATACMS strikes on Russian airfields at Berdyansk and Luhansk. The debris at Berdyansk indicates it was the MGM-140A ATACMS Block I, M39 with M74 submunitions manufactured in October 1996. They’re old, but perfect for airfields and ammo dumps. Biden approved their transfer three weeks ago. It appears the Russians were still surprised. I’ve seen videos and photos from Berdyansk, but nothing from Luhansk yet. I also found this rather down in the mouth report from the Russian Fighterbomber Telegram channel
It’s not a good morning. Last night, the hohos attacked with ATACMS missiles our airfield where the Army Aviation was based. One of the most serious strikes of all time in the SMO. If not the most serious. There are losses in both people and equipment. It’s pointless to write about the fact that “we need to draw conclusions so that this doesn’t happen again. This will happen again as long as the war continues. We must be prepared for this.
The SSO announcement indicated serious preparation for the ATACMS debut. Certainly they had access to satellite and reconnaissance aircraft data. Given that it’s the SSO making the announcement, I would assume that resistance and special operations teams are also on target providing targeting and BDA intelligence, probably in real time.
We planned similar operations behind Soviet lines many, many years ago. Only our operations were not done in real time. We called it offset targeting. We carried fairly small beacon devices, only a couple of pounds, that we emplaced several kilometers from the target. Then we would transmit the azimuth and distance from the beacon to the target back to the SFOB through our laborious short wave communications procedures. We had to encrypt the targeting data with one time pads and punch the encrypted message into a metallic tape device that dated back to the OSS days of WWII. We then sighted and erected an antenna, sent the message by spring loaded burst device, pulled down the antenna and hauled ass out of the AO. Then we would wait for the B-52s or whatever to hit the target based on our offset targeting data. I’m sure the procedures have improved greatly since then.