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Ukraine Took Down Russian $250 Million Radar System Shortly After Deployment Announcement

Ukraine has taken swift action against a recently deployed Russian counter-battery radar system, launching rockets at the expensive equipment shortly after its announcement by Russian military officials.

Deployment of Russian Radar System

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Russian defense authorities and state media revealed the arrival of the 1K148 Yastreb-AV, a $250 million radar system designed to detect incoming artillery trajectories and identify munition origins.

Russian Praise for the Yastreb-AV

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Moscow hailed the Yastreb-AV as a modern and competent system, emphasizing its recent testing in late 2021 or early 2022.

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Ukraine’s Discovery and Response

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Ukraine’s Special Operations Forces reported the discovery of the Yastreb-AV during a reconnaissance mission, leading to an immediate response.

Attack on the Russian Radar System

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Ukrainian forces used rockets from a US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to strike the exposed Russian radar system, causing significant fire damage.

Video Evidence

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Kyiv published a video of the strike on various social media platforms, although independent verification of the Yastreb-AV’s destruction was not immediately available.

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Significance of Counter-Battery Radar Systems

a broken Russian military missile in Kyiv.

Counter-battery radar systems like the Yastreb-AV play a crucial role in artillery warfare by detecting incoming projectiles and enabling swift responses.

Importance for Both Sides

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Ukraine and Russia heavily relied on such systems throughout the conflict to pinpoint enemy artillery positions and facilitate counterattacks.

Russian Use of Zoopark-1M

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Russia’s use of the Zoopark-1M radar system has faced challenges due to its detectable electromagnetic signature, resulting in Ukrainian forces targeting and damaging these critical systems.

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Western Aid to Ukraine

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Ukraine has received support from Western sources, including the US-provided AN/TPQ-36 radars, which have aided counter-battery efforts.

Russian Defense Ministry’s Statement

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The Russian defense ministry highlighted the importance of artillery reconnaissance equipment and stated that systems like Zoopark-1M and Yastreb-AV enhance artillery effectiveness and survivability.

UK Intelligence on Russian Attacks

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Amid these developments, Russian forces launched a significant missile and drone attack across Ukraine, causing casualties and damage.

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Sustaining Intense Attacks

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The intensity of Russian long-range aerial campaigns in recent days raised concerns about the sustainability of such assaults, as a significant portion of their missile stockpile has been committed.

Ukraine’s Resilience

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to the media during a press conference as Ukraine marks one year since Russia’s large-scale invasion, on February 24, 2023 in Kyiv, Ukraine. — Photo by Oleksandr_Gusev

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted the successful defense against combined attacks involving drones and missiles, emphasizing the unprecedented nature of Ukraine’s response.

Questions Raised by Britain’s Defense Ministry

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The British defense ministry questioned Russia’s ability to sustain its missile-intensive attacks, considering the depletion of a substantial missile stockpile in recent months.

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