A broad overview of Russia's current and up-and-coming anti-drone and EW systems.
Aye, drones are the mosquitoes of the battlefield. And disgustingly used for bio-attacks as we have seen (and can’t unsee, may their relatives find peace). Hopefully this Russian drone-dropping device is the answer to the Ukies’s mosquito pestilence.
Recent Ugledar debacle is more due to mines rather than drones. Surely Marines regardless of what Putin proudly spoken about are used in this conflict as cannon fodder. Ugledar posses serious geographical challenges. Why aren't they using proper army to deal with it instead of light armour elite unit?
The great thing about using commercial drones is russia can just buy the same drone and zoom it around all day at a test range while smart people in lab coats figure out how to detect it. No top secret mechanisms to decode. And a country like Ukraine with no smart people in lab coats will take a very long time to counter the counter measures. Eventually There will be drone anti air with missiles the size of a carrot that are fully autonomous that you just carry in your back pack and unfold at the new position. Although i like this passive system, it cant run out of ammo.
Some basic technical info on their GPS spoofing from a Russian equipment producer (use google translate if you don't know Russian):
Poor LPR DPR, 8 years they're fighting, and big Army won't listen to them. They said from day 1 if your drone isn't tied to a string it will fly away (gps spoofing or hacking control). They use fishing line. Wagner listened, & they're killing it. The DPR and LPR got some aid from Russia before the first peace, but the Russian gov't took that treaty seriously and stopped aiding them, while Ukraine did the opposite to their forces in the Donbass. Everything really was provided by the Russian people, while Russian gov't agents hunted and tried to stop the crowd-funding organizers and block things. Iirc the Dji MAvick became the de facto military standard drone, on both sides. But the DPR had to survive on supplies smuggled out of Russia by civilians payign for them out of their pockets so they couldn't afford to lose a drone, while professional militaries you just fill out a form and get another.
2 other interesting drone techs - look up the Donbass miltary leader Givi, he started the war as a commander of some rank, remember when they were fighting over that airport? That was him. You can watch all the videos, at the beginning he's teaching one lone guy, on the job, to man and shoot an artillery gun in direct fire mode, at that airport's big building. Normally this thing would have a ful crew. It's crazy the guy has to run way over there (Givi seemed to think it important the ammo pile be far from the gun), get a shell, carry it back to the gun, aim and fire the gun, and repeat. One guy. He took a smattering of men and held off and pushed back a trained and prepared professional military. Then he's later walking the streets, completely unaffected by mortars going off around him, you can hear the shrapnel tinkling on the pavement, it's scary. By end he's grey haired, chain smoking, constant hand tremor, from age 30 to 60 in a few years. During the peace lull he retired, but we now know it wasn't peace. Sorry to ramble but he's very interesting. The way he died, was another drone tech. AiUI, some group figured out who he was (those videos are seen by both sides), and they found where he lived, and they followed him and saw he goes to this little grocery store often. So they planted a bomb there, an autonomous bomb, that was detonated by FACIAL RECOGNITION. Thats scary shit.
Another technology to watch - Libya, around last year, civil war. One side is approaching this city, important city the other side holds. Out of this city fly drones, but they're not piloted by anyone. They're like you take a quadcopter, and put a claymore mine on it. They fly autonomously, you can't jam them or detect them coming because they're radio silent. They seek the targets, then swarm in. The attack profile is like that spawn from the movie Aliens, that latch on the guy's face and lays eggs in him. Except it's a claymore mine. Boom boom boom the attackers fled from the city. Probably easier on the conscience to send autonomous hunter-killer bombs out of the city than into one, because of target discrimination, so a great test and proof of the technology. But some people don't have consciences so I expect to see HK's being sent into cities too. Maybe they'll have facial or some other target recognition software, maybe they won't or it doesn't work, and they target a schoolyard or something.
I fully expect both technologies to be put together, for VIP targets. In face there's something to be said about fame and glory, they are motivating factors, but Fame will be deadly. I get it they're doing it because they're going to die, and this immortalizes them, but I'm already seeing videos where one day a guy will post a video of himself kiling prisoners, then the next day a vid comes out of him explaining himself, and the third day he's captured in custody, begging and bleeding. This is a very fast cycle. The facebook concept of posting about everything you've done in a war will probably come to an end, as peers notice those doing it get themselves and those around them in more danger.
Ulegar failed for the following reasons:
1. Heavy Minefields that stymied even the Ukrainian's own counter-attack.
2. The Russians failed to take the coal mine to the East first and it was a main staging point for the counter-attack by Ukraine.
3. Lack of air support and TOS-1A to suppress the defenders.
4. Ukraine pouring its remaining armored units into the fight.
This is beyond superlative.
Mysterieuze Russische systemen schakelen Oekraïense drones uit