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​Several russian Troops Came Up With a Strange Protection Against FPV Drones (Photo)

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The russian BMP-1 with metal rods welded to the front of the vehicle / Open-source photo
The russian BMP-1 with metal rods welded to the front of the vehicle / Open-source photo

The russian catalog of weird-looking passive anti-drone protection has expanded with another novel solution that aims to capitalize on the way FPV drones' warheads are triggered

Unusual anti-drone protection method was spotted on a russian BMP-1 armored vehicle. In addition to the standard slat armor cage around the turret, there were metal rods welded to the hull front like antennas.

A russian BMP-1 with metal rods welded to the front of the vehicle / Defense Express / Several russian Troops Came Up With a Strange Protection Against FPV Drones (Photo)
A russian BMP-1 with metal rods welded to the front of the vehicle. The backside is not shown in the photos / Open-source photo

The idea most likely is to force a premature explosion of the FPV drone's warhead. It's based on the fact some of the Ukrainian FPVs trigger upon deformation of the "antennae" of thin metal wire, which happens the moment they collide into an obstacle.

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The fuze actuators of the FPV drone are pointing towards the target / Defense Express / Several russian Troops Came Up With a Strange Protection Against FPV Drones (Photo)
The fuze actuators of the FPV drone are pointing toward the target / Still image credit: Raroh UCAV company of the 24th Separate Mechanized Brigade

Theoretically, the rods could make the drone explode too early and diminish the impact of the shaped charge projectile commonly used by anti-tank FPVs.

The practical effectiveness in dispersing the shaped charge is hard to assess but overall the distance seems too close to save the thin armor of BMP-1 from serious damage. Though a lot depends on the specific type of attacking munition.

Another factor worth mentioning is that FPV drones are no less often equipped with RPG grenades with standard impact fuzes. Rods won't have any effect on them. And if an anti-personnel warhead is used, this protection will even backfire: airburst will let fragmentation disperse more effectively.

The russian BMP-1 with metal rods welded to the front of the vehicle / Defense Express / Several russian Troops Came Up With a Strange Protection Against FPV Drones (Photo)
The russian BMP-1 with metal rods welded to the front of the vehicle / Open-source photo
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