Watch UAV Drop Munitions On Russian Equipment:
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A Dramatic Attack in Ukraine
Back in February, dramatic aerial video footage shared by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on Telegram shows how Ukrainian forces continue to perform lethal strikes on Russian positions using munitions dropped from drones.
While many of the drones used in Ukraine are designed to explode on impact, Ukrainian forces have also frequently converted commercially sold camera drones into weapons that can drop grenades onto Russian equipment and vehicles.
In a Telegram post, the Security Service of Ukraine noted that the Special Operations Center of the SBU destroyed six Russian vehicles and pieces of equipment on the battlefield using munitions dropped from drones.
The post also noted how Ukrainian special forces took out five Russian tanks.
“The other day, fighters of the Special Operations Center ‘A’ of the SBU destroyed 6 units of enemy equipment,” the Telegram post reads.
“Our special forces destroyed five Russian tanks and one Akatsia self-propelled gun, and also struck enemy infantry positions.”
The post also insisted that the Ukrainian military will “continue to work until complete Victory.”
The video was later reposted by war analyst Rob Lee who noted that the attacks were coordinated by the Ukrainian SBU “Alpha” group, an elite branch of the Security Service and a successor of the Alpha Group of the Soviet Union.
“Video of UAVs from Ukrainian SBU Alpha dropping munitions on Russian equipment. They say they destroyed 5 T-72 tanks and a 2S3 Akatsiya howitzer,” Lee writes.
Neither Lee nor the SBU confirmed what munitions were being dropped on Russian positions, though many speculated that they could be mortar shells.
Watching the video, which is backed by dramatic music as so many of these kinds of videos now are, the munitions can be seen falling from the drone and causing huge explosions upon impact.
The munitions are dramatically more explosive and effective than the grenades that are often used by drone operators in Ukraine.
The munitions also appear to be dropped from much higher heights than many similar videos that have been shared over the last year.
Munitions that are more explosive must be dropped from a higher altitude to ensure that the drone dropping them can escape and be reused.
When drone operators drop grenades from drones, they are usually dropped from a much lower altitude and with a view to striking specific parts of a position or reaching inside of a tank through an open hatch.
Video of UAVs from Ukrainian SBU Alpha dropping munitions on Russian equipment. They say they destroyed 5 T-72 tanks and a 2S3 Akatsiya howitzer. https://t.co/EyfHp78OIw pic.twitter.com/1uJ9R5nKxq
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) February 22, 2023
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