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Ukrainian Defenders Shot Down 34 Lancet Drones Within a Week

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The Lancet kamikaze drone / Open source illustrative photo
The Lancet kamikaze drone / Open source illustrative photo

Ukrainian servicemen have been finding increasingly effective means of countering russian kamikaze drones

During the period from July 31st to August 6th, 2023, Ukrainian defenders destroyed 13 subsonic cruise missiles of the types Kh-101/Kh-555, 17 Caliber missiles, 68 kamikaze drones of types Shahed-131/Shahed-136, and 34 kamikaze drones of the Lancet type.

Hanna Maliar, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, announced this during a briefing, as reported by the Military Media Center.

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Of particular interest is the fact that Ukrainian military managed to shoot down so many Lancet drones in just a week.

Previously, such high figures were not reported. This demonstrates that Ukrainian military forces are discovering increasingly effective means to counter russian kamikaze drones, which are a significant challenge for the Ukrainian defenders on the battlefield.

russian Lancet kamikaze drone, Defense Express
russian Lancet kamikaze drone / Open source illustrative photo

Earlier, Defense Express reported that in March 2023, it became known which specific warhead is used in the Lancet. It was revealed that the warhead is the Soviet engineering cumulative charge KZ-6.

In early July 2023, Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Brigadier General Oleksiy Hromov, for the first time revealed how many Lancet kamikaze drones russia managed to produce throughout the entire full-scale war against Ukraine.

Assembled components of the Lancet drones on shelves, July 2023
Assembled components of the Lancet drones on shelves, July 2023 / open source video's screenshot

In total, this turned out to be 850 drones, of which only 50 remained in the possession of the russian occupiers at that time.

In July 2023, russian propagandists released a video with the aim of showcasing the scale of production of the Lancet drones.

However, in reality, the russians revealed a weakness in their Lancet, which significantly affects the effectiveness of this weapon on the battlefield.

A more detailed analysis of the video showed that the russians manufacture the Lancet using equipment from Japan and South Korea.

A robotic machine from the Japanese company FANUC, which the russians use for producing the Lancet kamikaze drone, Defense Express
A robotic machine from the Japanese company FANUC, which the russians use for producing the Lancet kamikaze drone, summer 2023 / open source video's screenshot

It was recently reported that Ukrainian military personnel shot down one of the Lancet drones in the direction of Bahmut.

The study of the wreckage showed, among other things, that this drone is equipped with an inexpensive Czech electric motor of 2.5 kW.

As Defense Express reported, The UK Defense Intelligence Discovered the Route for Large Deliveries of Iranian Kamikaze Drones to russia.

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