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​Ukraine is Developing Countermeasures Against Iranian Shahed-136 'Kamikaze' Drones

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Iranian Shahed-131, a less powerful version of Shahed-136, captured by Ukrainian military. Both Shahed types are used in Ukraine / Open source photo
Iranian Shahed-131, a less powerful version of Shahed-136, captured by Ukrainian military. Both Shahed types are used in Ukraine / Open source photo

The samples captured by the Ukrainian military are being examined by specialists to find the most effective ways to neutralize the drones before they reach the target

The appearance of Iranian loitering munitions "Shahed-136" has made Ukrainian air defense to already look for effective countermeasures, as these drones started massive attacks against military and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, especially its southern regions.

However, the Ukrainians managed to seize some samples of these systems for analysis and are already actively developing an effective answer, says the representative of southern military command’s press-center Nataliia Humeniuk, quoted by Ukrinform:

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"This is quite a new weapon we encountered, that’s why all the samples we managed to get are being studied by specialists, we also work on the most effective way to counter them. Besides, we have examples when we quite successfully shot these drones down. We realize that at some altitude, they can be taken down even with small arms, and this practice is used widely," the military official said.

But there is also a problem connected: as she noticed, when such a drone attacks, it destroys itself with the explosive charge it carries.

Shahed-136, or how the russians labeled it, "Geran-2" loitering munition / Open source photo

Another detail to the general picture was contributed by the spokesperson of the Odesa region military administration Serhii Bratchuk. Asked about these Iranian drones on national TV, he said they have both advantages and disadvantages. In particular, he noted that Shahed drones are very noisy so get easily detected on approach, but at the same time difficult to detect for the radars due to the low altitude trajectory of flight.

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