On February 1, 2024, the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine claimed it had sunk the Ivanovets missile corvette. Open-source video footage from different angles shows multiple unmanned surface vehicles using swarming tactics to successfully strike the ship, resulting in a large explosion, almost certainly resulting in the ship sinking, the UK Defense Intelligence reports.
The Ivanovets boat was patrolling Crimea’s western coast. Its sophisticated Light Bulb uplink allows it to send and receive targeting data to and from other ships, helicopters and long-range patrol aircraft.
This latest Ukrainian success highlights the continuing vulnerability of russian warships operating in the Black Sea. It will highly likely have an impact on the Black Sea Fleet’s command and control elements, probably forcing them to re-evaluate their manoeuvrability near western Crimea. However, the russian Navy is almost certainly still able to conduct its three main tasks in the Black Sea: long-range strike, patrol and support.