ًWhy Russia stopped using long-range aircraft and Kh-101 missiles for attacks on Ukraine
Valeriy Riabykh, a military expert, development director of the information and consulting company Defense Express, noted that the enemy's constant use of long-range bombers is increasingly exhausting the resources of Russian long-range aviation, which is part of the Russian nuclear triad
He spoke about this on Espreso TV.
"It should be noted that the occupiers have stopped using their long-range aircraft and Kh-101 missiles, as noted by British intelligence. AS-23a KODIAK is the NATO designation for Kh-101 and Kh-102 missiles. Russia does not have many of these vicious missiles. As of the end of August, intelligence noted that the aggressor country had about a hundred of these missiles in its stockpile. In addition, Ukrainian intelligence noted that the Russian industry is capable of producing about 40 such missiles per month," the military expert said.
According to him, at the end of October, the number of such missiles accumulated by the enemy may be about 180.
"In addition, long-range bombers are not currently used by the enemy because each use of these aircraft reduces their service life. And Russia does not produce new ones. Although the Russians claim that they are planning to put new modernized aircraft into service. However, these are all made from kits inherited from the Soviet Union. Against the backdrop of recent exercises that were held with the rattle of nuclear weapons, I would note that long-range bombers are primarily part of the nuclear triad. Accordingly, their constant use, and also from long-range airfields, is increasingly exhausting the resources of long-range aviation," explained Valeriy Riabykh.
Riabykh added that Ukraine is preparing for a situation where the enemy, having accumulated missiles and Shahed drones, can launch combined air attacks on Ukraine's territory.
- Earlier, the Institute for the Study of War noted that the Russian defense industry is increasingly facing a shortage of components for precision weapons and military equipment.
The New York Times, citing its own sources, also wrote that Russia has managed to circumvent sanctions on the export of key weapons components and is now producing more missiles than before the full-scale invasion