Ukraine Claims Five Russian Jets Were Taken Down By Easily Assembled Cardboard Drones

In advance of even more unmanned strikes on Putin’s strongholds, Ukraine claimed last week that five Russian jets “were destroyed by easily assembled cardboard drones.”

The drones, which cost about £2,750 each, have been utilised by Ukraine since March.

Australian government reached an agreement for the delivery of 100 per month for £16 million.

Russia has recently been subjected to a barrage of drone attacks from Ukraine.

Five Russian jets are thought to have been destroyed by cardboard drones that are as simple to construct as an Ikea flatpack during an attack by Ukrainian forces.

Four Su-30 planes and one Mig-29 fighter jet were hit at the Kursk airfield in Russia, according to a security agency spokesman in Kiev.

Two Pantsir missile launchers and an S-300 air defence system’s radar were also reportedly destroyed during the assault last weekend, which is thought to have involved 16 drones.

According to a well-known pro-Russian blogger, Australia’s cardboard self-assembling drones that were shipped to Ukraine were the main component of the operation ‘for the first time’.

The weapons was developed by Australian firm Sypaq and is known as the Corvo Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS).

They only cost £2,750 apiece, and since March, when the Australian government agreed to pay £16 million for the supply of 100 units per month, they have been in Ukraine.

They come in flatpacks that are 2.5 feet long and take about an hour to put together.

They are made of what is referred to as “waxed cardboard,” a lightweight board with a propeller and a military-grade navigation system.

Amazingly, rubber bands help keep them together in part.

The drones can travel 75 miles at 37 mph and are said to be almost invisible by radar.

They can also carry up to 3 kg of payload.

They can be used for reconnaissance operations by installing a camera.

It occurs as Ukrainian forces continue their recent campaign of drone attacks against Russia, the most recent of which occurred late last night.

Early on Friday, Russian air defence units ‘neutralised an unidentified object’ in the western province of Pskov, the same area where a Ukrainian drone attack earlier this week damaged a military transport aircraft.

On Telegram, governor Mikhail Vedernikov shared a video of fire being shot into the air.

He said that the ground was unharmed.

According to local accounts, a four-hour drone attack on Wednesday that Moscow blamed on Ukraine damaged four Il-76 military transport planes at Pskov Airport, a military facility that also serves as a civilian airport close to Russia’s border with Estonia and Latvia.

Just slide me Nearly 700 kilometres (400 miles) separate the airport from the Ukrainian border.

Four Il-76 aircraft were damaged as a result of a drone strike, according to a Russian emergency ministry source who confirmed the incident on Princess Olga Pskov Airport.

A fire started.

There are flames surrounding two aeroplanes.

On social media, astonishing before and after satellite photographs seem to demonstrate the devastation of a military Il-76 aircraft.

Six Russian provinces in total—Pskov, Kaluga, Orlov, Ryazan, and Moscow—were hit by the bombardment during the 18-month conflict.

Huge explosions were captured on camera and posted to social media as they lit up the night sky over the airport, which is located 40 miles from the Baltic, NATO, and EU neighbours Estonia and Latvia.

Pskov Airport was forced to close as a result of the incident, but it reopened on Thursday, according to Russian transportation officials.

Officials in Kiev often don’t admit or deny involvement for attacks on Russian soil, though they occasionally make indirect references to them.

However, on Thursday, President Volodymyr Zelensky seemed to take pride in the Pskov attack.

He posted on the internet, “Successful use of our long-range weapons: the target was hit 700 kilometres away!”

In general, Ukraine’s Western partners ban Kyiv from attacking Russian territory using weaponry they provide, but assert that Ukraine has the right to conduct such assaults on military targets with its own armaments.

After 18 months in which Russia has subjected Ukraine to nationwide air assaults, the attacks in recent weeks, including five in central Moscow over the past month, have brought the war home to many Russians for the first time.

In addition, Wagner, a private army that had served as the primary attack force of Russia’s own winter operation earlier in the year, staged a coup two months ago.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner, and his top lieutenants perished in an aeroplane crash last week.

The Kremlin has denied responsibility for the accident.

Vladimir Putin, the president, referred to Prigozhin’s rebellion as treason but promised not to punish him for it.

Dmitry Utkin, the right-hand man of Prigozhin and a former military intelligence officer who used the neo-Nazi call-sign Wagner to give the mercenary group its moniker, was buried on Thursday in a cemetery outside of Moscow while being heavily guarded by Russian military police.

On Tuesday, Prigozhin was interred in a similar manner outside of St. Petersburg.

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