Espreso. Global

How will Ukraine use GLSDB long-range precision bombs soon to be in its arsenal? Column by Serhiy Zgurets

1 February, 2024 Thursday

The Pentagon confirmed that Ukraine will receive new long-range weapons. In particular, high-precision GLSDB guided bombs for HIMARS and MLRS launchers. This will allow Ukraine to destroy enemy fortified targets, bridges, air defense launchers and other weapons

Ukraine to receive GLSDB guided bombs: what they can do?

The Pentagon confirmed that Ukraine will receive new models of long-range weapons. In particular, high-precision ammunition for our HIMARS and MLRS launchers. At the time, Politico wrote that these weapons would arrive at the front line on January 31. The latest American GLSDB missiles are a project implemented by Boeing and Saab.

These missiles were tested back in 2015. As for the design of the missile, everything looks extremely simple. This missile is a combination of an aircraft bomb that is equipped with a planning and guidance system. Upon launch, this missile deploys additional wings and follows a trajectory to reach its target. The bomb is connected to the missile's wings through a specialized adapter device. This symbiosis has amazing capabilities. In fact, the missile has a range of 150 kilometers and a high accuracy of destruction; missiles can hit the target with a deviation of 90 cm. Additionally, these systems are impervious to electronic warfare, as the developers specifically addressed the challenge of creating munitions resistant to electronic interference. The missile's warhead weighs 90 kg, four times larger than that of the Himars. Lastly, the cost of this missile exceeds $60,000.

Initially, there was information about 25 bombs slated for transfer to Ukraine. However, plans are in place to produce over 700 such missiles within a year for Ukraine. Several news agencies have indicated that Ukraine will receive a significantly larger quantity of these weapons. Consequently, Ukraine could potentially receive anywhere from 20 to 700 GLSDB missiles. This capability will enable the Ukrainian Armed Forces to target and neutralize enemy fortifications, bridges, air defense launchers, and other weaponry.

I'd like to emphasize a crucial aspect as well. Presently, we are discussing weapons that can be partially assembled or produced in Ukraine. This holds significant importance for our country, particularly in terms of the engine for GLSDB missiles. Producing such an engine at our defense industry enterprises could substantially enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

FPV drones are replacing conventional weapons

Sergeant Oles Malyarevych of the Achilles company of the 92nd Separate Air Assault Brigade named after Ivan Sirko said that the company has now become a battalion of attack UAVs. This means that the UAV units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are very important on the battlefield today. According to Malyarevych, the Achilles UAV battalion is operating in the southern part of Bakhmut. The main task of the battalion is to support the infantry. The drones destroy everything that moves towards Ukrainian units. Malyarevych emphasized that today FPV drones are replacing conventional weapons. This is why there is an increase in personnel to carry out combat missions. He clarified that individuals interested in joining the battalion can find detailed instructions on Yuriy Fedorenko and Oles Malyarevych's social media accounts. Furthermore, he highlighted that 99% of his unit's personnel are civilians.

Operational situation in the Bakhmut direction

Oles Malyarevych also spoke in detail about the operational situation in the Bakhmut direction. According to him, the units are executing tasks in the southern part of Bakhmut, focusing on maintaining their defensive line. The mission is being carried out effectively, and there have been no reported losses of Ukrainian positions. Malyarevych further added that over the last day, they were able to improve their positions.

FPV drones' quality is the key to the effective work of UAV strike units

Oles Malyarevych said that the tactics of using FPV drones and UAV bombers are determined by the command of the units operating in certain areas of the frontline. It all depends on the specific situation. Sometimes a unit is tasked with suppressing artillery, conducting remote mining, or targeting enemy infantry trying to attack Ukrainian positions. 

According to him, the command swiftly determines the destruction of anything identified by intelligence and specifies the means to do so. Therefore, in the context of the "million drones" slogans, Malyarevych emphasized that the focus is not on quantity but on quality. Drones must be of high quality. Operators on the front line need to be familiar with all the drone models that they receive. New models must first be tested at a training ground to determine all their capabilities, particularly concerning compatibility with the ammunition already in use by front-line units.

According to Malyarevych, the unit endeavors to ensure that each operator specializes in a specific area. For instance, pilots handle drone flights, engineers are responsible for ammunition, technicians prepare vehicles for missions, and so on. This diversity in specialties, ranging from pilots to those managing paperwork, is crucial for the battalion. As Malyarevych stressed, the success of the battalion's efforts to neutralize the enemy depends on the collective contributions of everyone involved. He illustrated this with a recent task where the unit supported a brigade on the left flank, countering an attack by nine enemy vehicles. A team of four FPV pilots, led by a female commander, successfully eliminated all nine enemy units, including four tanks and five armored personnel carriers.

Read also:
  • News
2024, Sunday
25 February
Russia suffers substantial equipment losses in assaults, says Luhansk official
Andriy Lyubka: We have all partly died in two years of war
Russia spreads disinformation about "Nazi alliance with Bandera supporters"
Russia loses 8 tanks, 29 artillery systems, and 810 soldiers in one day – Ukraine's General Staff
Russian forces destroy train station in Kostyantynivka, Donetsk region
Russia attempts to destroy Ukrainian air defense in South during night assault
2024, Saturday
24 February
Total Resistance: the launch of calendar dedicated to the heroic struggle of Ukrainians against Russia
All children evacuated from five settlements in Donetsk region
Russia shells Huliaipole, Zaporizhzhia region, killing elderly woman
EU plans to transfer almost 170,000 pieces of ammunition to Ukraine by end of March - FM Kuleba
Ukrainian army repels 28 Russian attacks in five directions - General Staff
Theory of Ukraine's success largely depends on US - American politician Fried
Executed in Olenivka Russian Captivity: The Story of a Boy from the Cherry City
Prospects of Ukraine's victory in war are very high - General Mussayev
All crew of downed Russian A-50 aircraft killed - media
Putin is forced into conditions where he cannot stop his aggression against Ukraine - General Mussayev
West's decision to ban Ukraine from striking at Russian territory is wrong - future commander of Estonian army
New US sanctions against Russia may affect Chinese companies - US politician Fried
Two years of Ukraine inspiring world: Western leaders on second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion
Zelenskyy's interview with FOX: main points
UK intelligence estimates Russian losses over two years of full-scale war in Ukraine
Ukraine uses American chemical munitions against Russian army: Kremlin media spread another fake
Diplomat Chaly comments on preparations for 'congress' in Russian-occupied Transnistria
Ukrainian counterattacks, liberation of territories in south, situation near Avdiivka: weekly military results by Serhiy Zgurets
Russia deploys dozens of Soviet T-62 tanks to Crimea - Atesh
ISW assesses risks of invasion of Ukraine from Transnistria
Aviation expert names complex used by Ukraine to destroy Russian A-50 aircraft
Ukrainian army destroys 770 Russian soldiers, 36 artillery systems, aircraft - General Staff
Ukraine intercepts conversation confirming downing of Russian A-50U aircraft
Ukraine's Air Force destroys 12 Shahed drones, 2 missiles overnight
Russian Su-34 firing missiles at Ukraine shot down in Kherson region - media
Ukraine’s forces target another Russian A-50 radar aircraft
2024, Friday
23 February
Victorious news of 730th day of war: destroyed Russian Tor-M2 and Strela-10, €1.8bn in military support from Denmark
Ukrainian army repels 18 Russian attacks in 5 directions - General Staff
DPRK supplies Russia with 1.5 million ammo produced in 1970s-1980s - Ukrainian intelligence
Canada announces additional sanctions against Russia
Russian army destroys almost 500 tons of grain overnight in Donetsk region
Ukrainian officials arrive at Poland's border, but do not meet with Polish counterparts
Russia’s missiles, attack drones kill at least four in Ukraine
Japan provides record aid to Ukraine, thus supporting US and EU - Zhevago
More news