“The Ukrainian military is using “game-changing” drones that can carry 3kg of explosives and hit targets up to 30 miles behind enemy lines, The Times of London reported. Eugene Bulatsev, an engineer with the Ukrainian designer UA-Dynamics, told the outlet that the “game-changing” Punisher drones had completed up to 60 “successful” missions since the Russian invasion began. “This is the cheapest and easiest way to deliver a punch from a long distance, without risking civilian lives,” Bulatsev told the newspaper.”
“The electric drones have a 7.5-foot wingspan and can fly for hours at 1,300ft and need only the coordinates of their target so they can carry out their mission automatically, Bulatsev said. He told the outlet that the drone is relatively small and light and is undetectable to radars. “What’s more, it can drop three bombs at a time or hit three separate targets then return to base to be reloaded and sent back into battle within minutes,” Bulatsev told The Sun. A smaller reconnaissance drone called Spectre flies alongside to identify targets before the Punisher strikes.”
These punisher drones are just another tool in the toolbox to help implement the strategy of national resistance. I wouldn’t call it a game changer. But these are elegant in their simplicity. Western factories, even small ones, should be able to churn out a steady supply of them in a few weeks. What if their targeting could be improved with offset targeting beacons or laser designators in the hands of SOF and Territorial Defense Forces? They could operate from a small piece of secondary road. Since they’re electric there would have to be generators to recharge the batteries. Perhaps they could even be operated from a hastily established FARRP.
Beyond these little drones, the Bayraktars are still hitting targets. I’m also glad to see good old fashioned artillery strikes called in by forward observers. Theres a video out there showing what is claimed to be Ukrainian Army 2S1 Gvozdika 122mm SPG in use against a Russian convoy. It appears that a MT-LB based vehicle (and likely others) are destroyed. A Russian convoy with fuel trucks was totally annihilated near Kyiv as a result of Ukrainian artillery shelling. The drone video shows six trucks in a line on a divided highway, all burnt out. In another incident in Mykolaiv, an entire artillery position was taken out. “Includes 7x transport trucks (approx), MT-LB, BTR-80, 10x D-30 122mm howitzer, BTR-D and more. Presumably the ammo was hit.” Don’t know what hit this artillery position. We have provided Ukraine with AN/TPQ-30 counter-battery radars. They also have their own 1L220UK radar systems.
Or maybe it was an SOF hit. A few days ago I mentioned a statement by the Ukrainian Special Operations Force Command in which they vow to identify and assassinate all Russian artillery servicemen responsible for their indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets. “Each and every gun crew… will be slaughtered like pigs.” Typical Slavic emotionalism, I said, and potential war crimes in that assassinate and slaughter phrasing, but hitting the artillery and missile units is an ideal SOF mission in this time and place. The Territorial Defense Forces will concentrate on the fuel and supply trucks.
And those Ukrainian farmers like the ones in the video above. I doubt Putin, Shoigu nor Gerasimov ever envisioned that.
BTW, looks like Biden is finally closing on a deal to backfill the Polish Air Force with F-16s in exchange for handing over its MiG-29s to Ukraine. Get the lead out, Joe! This should have happened days ago. Yes it’s a provocative action sure to further annoy Putin, but I have a thought on that. Putin, Иди на хуй.
Addendum: This map gives a more realistic view of recent Russian advances and areas of control than those maps showing vast swaths of Red. These maps aren’t exclusive to this war. Maps of the Syrian war did the same thing. Cartography is a subjective art as illustrated on the second set of maps.