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Russia compensates for its inefficiency in hitting targets: expert on possible use of FAB-3000 bomb

21 June, 2024 Friday
17:10

Dmytro Zhmailo, co-founder and CEO of the Ukrainian Center for Security and Cooperation, says that Russian guided bombs have a deviation of several hundred meters in hitting targets

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He said this on Espreso TV.

"The weight of the FAB-3000 is close to 3 tonnes, and the explosive part itself is over 1 tonne.

This is a really strong and powerful bomb. These are the universal planning and correction modules (UPCMs) that the Russians use to equip their free-fall bombs and which they have had in large storage warehouses since the Soviet Union. Similarly, the Russian Federation tries to produce them every month to ensure the destruction rates they are trying to achieve. Therefore, the use of this bomb and the adaptation for a more powerful 3-tonne bomb does not indicate any success of the Russians, but rather that previous strikes with guided aerial bombs and their terror are not achieving their goals," said the Ukrainian Center for Security and Cooperation co-founder.

According to him, the UPCM systems that Russia puts on these bombs are imperfect, so every time there is a deviation of strikes from the target, which is calculated by hundreds of metres. Accordingly, if they want to hit an object or a command post, their FAB lands in the wrong place, of course, and the effect of such a strike is less.

"Due to the imperfection of their system, the Russians are trying to increase the charge, the mass of the warhead itself, to make these misses less noticeable. Recently, they tried to hit a hospital in Lyptsi in the Kharkiv region, where, according to Russian propagandists, it was almost the headquarters of Azov or the command post of the Ukrainian General Staff, but it was a strike on a civilian facility, and they did not destroy it, given that it was a super-powerful bomb. 

They didn't destroy it because they had missed and the bomb had deviated from its course. So, by using such super-powerful bombs, the Russian forces are compensating for their inefficiency in being unable to hit the target accurately. Unfortunately, they will continue to try to increase such strikes. Accordingly, the issue of combating the carriers of these bombs is open," Dmytro Zhmailo concluded.

  • On June 20, the Russian army announced that it had used a new FAB-3000 M-54 bomb with a unified planning and correction module for the first time. The Ukrainian Air Force has not yet been able to confirm the enemy's statement.
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