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​Shahed Drones are Still Dangerous Even After All of Them Are Shot by Air Defense

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Shahed-136  drones stacked up and ready for the launch / Open source photo
Shahed-136 drones stacked up and ready for the launch / Open source photo

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After another wave of attacks on Ukraine with kamikaze drones of Shahed-131 and Shahed-136 types, with 30 out of 35 of them shot down by air defense forces of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Military Media Center reminds what is the main danger these drones pose, and it's not just their destructive force.

Even if all the cheap Shahed loitering munitions are taken down, it still exhausts air defense capabilities and compromises the location of the air defense systems. As a reminder, in recent days, russia has received a new batch of Shahed-type munitions from iran, according to Ukrainian officials, about 250 drones in total.

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30/35 Shahed down / Ukrainian Air Force Command
On December 19 overnight, Ukrainian air defense shot down 30 out of 35 loitering munitions Shahed-131 and Shahed-136 in the biggest "Shahed attack" so far / Infographics: Ukrainian Air Force Command

An important rule to adhere to after strikes is to keep quiet about the results of the drone attacks on social media: the less information is spread, the less feedback the russians get. Another factor that makes the adjustment of further strikes difficult is weather conditions.

"Calm weather and clear skies help to recon the targets of a strike. But neither mist nor drizzle does not significantly affect the russian plans for [new] attacks. Satellite reconnaissance in bad weather conditions can be problematic. The weather affects the examination of the results of the strikes and adjustment."

Defense Express also reminds that winter with its low temperatures is no problem either for Shahed drones that can endure temperatures below zero with ease. Though during winter, there may be more "no-fly" days for the Shaheds because of the wind, and the temperature drop can cause empennage to freeze over.

Low temperature in itself is not a problem for a Shahed drone
Low temperature in itself is not a problem for a Shahed drone but there are more days with bad weather when this UAV cannot make it to the target because of factors other than temperature / Open source illustrative photo
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