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​What Does Lyutyi Ukrainian Drone, which Destroys russian Oil Refineries, Consist of?

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A model of the "Lyutyi" kamikaze drone, which is currently being used for strikes against russia / Photo credit: Defense Express
A model of the "Lyutyi" kamikaze drone, which is currently being used for strikes against russia / Photo credit: Defense Express

Occupiers showed photos of wreckage of the Lyutyi long-range kamikaze drone for the first time, which has already hit more than a dozen oil refineries in russia

Ukrainian drones regularly strike russian oil refineries, demonstrating their ability to fly up to 1,000 kilometers from the border.

According to numerous videos filmed in russia, the main instrument of these strikes is the Lyutyi Ukrainian long-range kamikaze drone. But it's worth noting that not all drones reach their targets, because russia still has air defense capabilities.

Read more: Ukrainian Air Defense Looks Out Into the Dead of the Night Searching for Shahed-136 During Attack on Odesa (Video)

Only now, the russian federation has shown the wreckage of the Lyutyi drone, which answers some questions about its design and warhead.

What Does Lyutyi Ukrainian Drone, which Destroys russian Oil Refineries, Consist of?, Defense Express
Wreckage of the Lyutyi drone / Photo from russian sources

But it should be noted that fragments of the drone in the photo are in the wrong order because russians did not put the certain parts of the drone correctly. Its engine should be located in the tail section of the drone. Because it has a pusher configuration, but not a tractor one.

What Does Lyutyi Ukrainian Drone, which Destroys russian Oil Refineries, Consist of?, Defense Express
Drone`s engine is located in the tail section / Photo from russian sources

russian invaders also showed the warhead of Lutyi. Its weight estimated to be 50 kg, which corresponds to the Shahed-136 kamikaze drone. It is obviously a high-explosive fragmentation warhead in body with a ready-made fragmentation notch.

What Does Lyutyi Ukrainian Drone, which Destroys russian Oil Refineries, Consist of?, Defense Express
The drone a high-explosive fragmentation warhead / Photo from russian sources

Of course, the analysis of this wreckage may provide russia with some information about the capabilities of the drone and its guidance system. But now Moscow is demonstrating a very delayed reaction to counter the destruction of its oil refining infrastructure. Despite the obviousness of the strike sites, no significant concentration of air defense means around them has been noticed.

Earlier Defense Express reported about constantly burning russian oil refineries and that even small plant had used to make $1.75 billion yearly.

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