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​Satellite Images Confirm that Ukrainian UAV Damaged an Important Part of russian 29B6 Container Radar

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The antenna part of the 29B6 Container over-the-horizon radar / Open source photo
The antenna part of the 29B6 Container over-the-horizon radar / Open source photo

What kind of damage was recorded and what does it indicate

Satellite images that have been made publicly available, confirm that a Ukrainian drone hit russian over-the-horizon 29B6 Container radar. This attack became known on April 17, 2024. According to the photo, the hit damaged the antenna part of this russian radar. There are no obvious traces of explosions on the territory of the facility.

As a result of Ukrainian strike, the russian 29B6 Container radar was severely damaged and put out of commission for a long time with rather doubtful prospects for recovery at the moment.

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Satellite Images Confirm that Ukrainian UAV Damaged an Important Part of russian 29B6 Container Radar, Defense Express
The hit area of 29B6 Container radar / Open source photo

But even if Ukrainian UAV hit did not result in large-scale damage, russian 29B6 Container is still unable to perform its main task of detecting air targets of various types at a declared distance of up to 3,000 kilometers.

Earlier, Defense Express has already given a general description of the 29B6 Container radar, some of which is particularly relevant to repeat.

Most importantly, it took almost 15 years from the beginning of the development and production of this radar, including the period of long-term "experimental combat duty" until its final commissioning.

Satellite Images Confirm that Ukrainian UAV Damaged an Important Part of russian 29B6 Container Radar, Defense Express
The schematic of the construction of the 29B6 Container over-the-horizon radar / Archival image from open sources

This suggests that the period for restoring and returning the damaged 29B6 Container to service could be quite long: several months or even several years.

Usually, when we talk about the destruction of valuable military equipment, we are immediately tempted to calculate the possible losses of russians in millions of dollars. In the case of the 29B6 Container radar, this is not worth doing.

russians had only one 29B6 Container radar. Commissioning of the second radar of this type in the Far East is at least four years behind the original schedule. Accordingly, the damaged 29B6 Container is literally priceless to russians. Not to mention the fact that in this story, occupiers lost a tool for controlling Ukraine's airspace for a while.

Satellite Images Confirm that Ukrainian UAV Damaged an Important Part of russian 29B6 Container Radar, Defense Express
The scanning sector of the 29B6 Container over-the-horizon radar / Open source photo

Earlier Defense Express reported that satellite images from Dzhankoi had revealed Ukrainian Forces adopting an interesting strategy of missile strikes.

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