Russia loses 4 SAMs in one week: UK intelligence explains how it will affect frontline situation
The Russian army has lost at least 4 long-range anti-aircraft missile systems over the past week. This could weaken Russia's air defense in other areas
The UK Ministry of Defense writes about this.
Russia has probably lost at least four long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) launchers as a result of Ukrainian strikes over the past week. On October 26, Russian media reported that three Russian SA-21 (S-400) systems were destroyed near Luhansk.
Instead, Ukrainian sources reported additional losses of Russian air defense in Crimea.
The intelligence agency believes that Russia has long prioritized ample, high-tech, long-range SAM systems as a key component of its military strategy.
According to the intelligence officials, the recent Russian losses demonstrate that Russia's air defense system continues to struggle against modern precision strike weapons and will highly likely increase the already significant strain on remaining systems and operators.
"There is a realistic possibility that as Russia replaces the destroyed systems in Ukraine, it will weaken its air defense in other operational areas," the intelligence added.
In October 2023, the Defense Forces eliminated 22,920 enemy soldiers. In addition, the Ukrainian military managed to destroy 521 Russian tanks, 773 artillery systems and 8 helicopters.