Russian forces use 1,500 kg glide bomb in war on Ukraine - Defense Express
Russian troops have used UPAB-1500V guided glide bombs, which weigh 1,500 kg, against Ukraine for the first time
Defense Express reports that the first use of this type of munition was recorded a few weeks ago against a facility in the Chernihiv region. One of the fragments had remnants of markings that corresponded to the UPAB-1500V.
The DE calls the UPAB-1500V “a new and rather dangerous weapon.” The bomb is designed to destroy highly protected targets at a range of up to 40 km. Its weight is 1,500 kg. It is equipped with an inertial and satellite navigation system.
The munition was first demonstrated in an export version with the K029BE index in 2019 by the developer, the Region State Research and Production Enterprise, a part of the Tactical Missile Defense Corporation, at the International Aviation and Space Show.
At the same time, it was reported that this bomb had already been tested and put into service with the and received its first export orders.
“At the same time, the use of glide bombs by the Russian Federation remains a rare occurrence. Ensuring a long range requires that the missiles fly at a high altitude, which makes it easier to identify targets and the possibility of hitting the carrier. Therefore, it is quite possible that the Su-34 frontline bomber shot down yesterday near Yenakiieve was flying with such ammunition,” Defence Express writes.
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