Russia will modernize its anti-drone units

The Russian military will equip its anti-drone units to physically shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Izvestia revealedciting sources.

The outlet did not specify whether the units will add armed drones to its ranks or deploy autonomous systems for this purpose.

Current mobile units are only capable of electronically jamming drones, the Russian outlet added.

Contract Soldier Units

The Russian military established the units in January to provide continuous protection to military bases in the southern and eastern military districts.

According to the outlet, the new units will be made up of contract soldiers and will be deployed to the rest of the country. The newspaper added that the soldiers had undergone “special training” for this purpose.

The decision to add teeth to the anti-drone units comes in the middle reports that Ukrainian forces have inflicted significant damage on the Russian military during the ongoing conflict, significantly slowing Russian military advances.

Evolution of the role of drones

Vice-President of the Russian research institute Academy of Geopolitical Issues, Colonel Vladimir Anokhin, acknowledges the importance of drones in contemporary warfare, comparing their current role to that of World War II anti-tank systems.

“Drones can effectively determine the location and status of troops,” he said. Izvestia.

“The presence of formations that thwart them is absolutely necessary. Today, their role has come closer to that played by anti-tank units during World War II.

Adding lethality to anti-drone units will increase the options available to unit personnel to counter the threat of unmanned aerial platforms.

Anti-drone exercise

Last year, the Russian military trained to destroy dummy drone targets using SVD and SVD-S sniper rifles at a distance of 300 to 700 meters (984 to 2,297 feet).

Soldiers used thermal imaging sights and handheld laser devices to recognize targets and determine their range. The exercise also included the Krasukha mobile electronic warfare system and the Pantsir-S air defense missile and gun system.

The Krasukha can jam air targets within a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles) while the Pantsir fires 30mm shells to take down targets.

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