Do the captured industrial capacities in the Donbass have any significant positive effects on the economy in Russia?
Denying resources to Kiev is useful, but taking territory from Kiev reduces its amount of cannon fodder they can conscript and send to their deaths and also increases the number of potential friendly soldiers that Russia can use against Kiev to save their people and land.
Industrial capacity will be at a very low point till Russia gets a chance to go in there and fix things up and there is no point doing that till it is out of artillery range or counter attack range.
I don't really buy the civilian air traffic theory even if that was true, the drone still would have had to fly a very long time.
A radar contact, likely using a civilian signal, flying in a civilian aircraft corridor could fly for very long periods without drawing attention to itself...
in the US when it comes to sensitive or highly important bases, there are no fly zones. For miles, any aircraft that enters that restricted airspace will get a jet sent after them.
Well it is likely that the drone pretending to be a civilian aircraft might approach a civilian airstrip and descend and then turn off its radar emitter that civilian aircraft use to appear on radar displays to make them easier to track and monitor so the military radars might assume they landed and then fly at very low altitude and very low speed following things that provide cover like down a road through a forest with trees on either side to conceal the drone until it gets much closer...
No doubt the Orcs will be using HATO assets to determine where radar and air defence units are located around the airfield and monitoring their emissions and timings would allow them to formulate an approach plan with the best chance of getting through... I would expect HATO could do that... the Houthies managed to do that to Saudi Arabia several times.
Obviously it is easier with the weaker AD systems the Saudis had... but Russian AD is primarily intended to deal with mass attacks, not suicide individual pin prick attacks.
Your telling me the Russians over one of their most important bases did not restrict air travel? or even have intercepters on standby?. That's just incompetence. The first time you can argue was just Ukraine being clever the second time was just pure ignorance on the Russian end.
No one said air travel was not restricted over the Russian base, and interceptors would not be very useful against such drones... unless they were Mi-28NMs which have an anti drone role.
Incompetence like flying a hijacked civilian airliner into the Pentagon?
The core of the US military?
No need for aerostats with radars on them although that's not a bad idea either.
For a fixed base the size of such a base it is cheap and persistent and not complex or difficult...
But really there should have been mast radars and fighters deployed that would have detected these drones ahead of time. And then shoot them down.
To be fair they did shoot them down, which is not something you can say for US Air defence during 11/9, but I appreciate that shooting them down further away from their target would be better.
Interestingly that photonic radar technology gives a visible image of the target rather than a radar pattern so you could likely identify drones as opposed to civilian aircraft and helicopters fairly easily...
They are also working on improved LIDAR technology for their drones, but it would work just as well for other platforms like tanks as part of an APS system or a perimeter defence system alerting AD.
MRLS Grad volley-fire on Ukrainian concentrated troops in the Zaporozhye Region
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The launch is terrifying... the arrival.... HIMARs might be more accurate but against a field of 200 soldiers how many could 6 HIMARs rockets kill?
This on the other hand... Grad means Hail doesn't it?
That Ural is 6x6. The Ural VPK is 4x4. As for the Typhoon beats me.
Typhoon was a programme for a light vehicle family in the weight class below Boomerang and was supposed to be a mix of 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles... several companies were making competing designs AFAIK... they would have zero foreign components to have any chance of success.
I think we are seeing an administrative fail at Engels. They can deploy aerostats without any exposure of secrets to NATzO. Maybe Russia
has lost the ability to produce such equipment but I would think it had it during the USSR period.
They sold some to China, they use them mainly in mountain ranges to watch for threats trying to sneak in masked by terrain and also as a communications repeater with repeater antenna on board to allow radio communication in mountains to reach rather further than it could on its own.
They also make systems that can be used on exercise or airshows or sporting events where helicopters are too expensive and drones could fly in to things and you don't need a moving shot from different directions... just a near static aerial shot will be good enough...