The new photos appeared online, showing that during the liberation of the village of Rubtsi in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine’s sevicemen captured a rare 1L271 Aistyonok portable mortar locating reconnaissance radar.
As a "bonus", Ukraine’s defenders also captured boxes with several dozen 120-mm high-explosive fragmentation mines. At the same time, it shows russians’ priorities during their retreat: they took 2B11 Sana mortars weighing 210 kg with them, but didn’t manage to take the ammunition and the 1L271 Aistyonok radar weighing 130 kg, or at least damage such equipment.
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The 1L271 Aistyonok radar does not have outstanding characteristics, even if compared to the example of another russia’s Kredo-1M, which became a trophy of Ukraine’s defenders in Kharkiv Oblast in September 2022.
The 1L271 Aistyonok radar can conduct reconnaissance of ground objects at a range of up to 20 km, adjust the fire of its mortars by a maximum of 10 km, and the range of reconnaissance of enemy firing positions is only 5 km.
There are other interesting facts. The 1L271 radar was spot for the first time in 2016 when russia decided to try this radar in the conditions of hostilities in the east of Ukraine. And later, according to open sources, the 1st elite tank army of the russian federation received such stations. However, these tankers were "finished off" by the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the counteroffensive in Kharkiv Oblast.
And now the 1L271 Aistyonok portable mortar locating reconnaissance radar will certainly become a subject of study for Ukraine’s and foreign specialists.