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Airstrikes on Ukraine: what drones and bombs Russia uses more often

3 October, 2023 Tuesday
15:19

Let's take a closer look at the recent statistics of Russian airstrikes on Ukraine over the past month

Defense Express reported the numbers.

In September 2023, Russia launched 246 missiles and 746 attack drones in their assaults on Ukraine. It also dropped 1,159 guided aerial bombs, many of which targeted civilian areas, including homes, grain elevators, ports, and power plants.

Notably, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has revealed that the actual number of Shahed-131/136 drones used was 538, not the previously reported 503 units. Furthermore, in the examination of missile launches, the Ukrainian Air Force had initially reported 92 long-range cruise and ballistic missile firings, but the accurate count was 150 missiles higher, excluding S-300/S-400 quasi-ballistic missiles.

These figures also provide insight into Russia's use of Lancets and guided aerial bombs. Subtracting the 538 Shaheds from the 746 attack drones, we're left with 212 units. It's reasonable to assume that Lancets, the second most used "kamikaze" drone in Russia's arsenal, make up a significant portion of this figure.

If this assumption holds true, it would mean that Russia employed approximately 200 Lancets in September 2023. This is compared to July when Russia deployed a total of 850 "kamikaze" drones, according to the Ukrainian General Staff's representative Oleksiy Hromov.

With a total of 1,159 guided aerial bombs used, it suggests that Russia could have launched around 38-40 such bombs on a daily basis. This is twice the maximum number of guided aerial bombs the Russian Aerospace Forces could drop in a day in May 2023.

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