The war in Ukraine is getting ever more dire and serious by the second.
More and more drones are hitting the skies; some are even like kamikaze missiles, smashing Russian forces at will.
And perhaps worst of all for Putin’s forces: all of it will be covered in near real-time thanks to the rise of social media.
Ukraine Takes Out Valuable Russian Radar Vehicle
In the video, the Russian radar equipment can be seen parked at the side of a road.
The radar vehicle seen in the video is a Zoopark-1 1L219. The counter-battery radar system is mounted to a tracked MT-LBu and is capable of detecting moving vehicles and other ground targets from a distance of 40km.
According to Ukraine Weapons Tracker, the war-tracking Twitter account that shared the footage, the strike took place somewhere in Donetsk Oblast. The account also noted that the vehicle was tracked using the Shark UAV, a new Ukrainian reconnaissance UAV.
“#Ukraine: A valuable and potent Russian 1L261 radar vehicle of the 1L260 Zoopark-1M counter-battery radar complex was damaged by the Ukrainian Army in #Donetsk Oblast. The radar was located by Ukrainian SSO using the new Shark reconnaissance UAV,” Ukraine Weapons Tracker writes.
The video, as with most other clips of this kind, is accompanied by dramatic music – a tactic used by both Russian and Ukrainian forces to intimidate the enemy.
What Is the Shark UAV?
Ukrspecsystems, a Ukrainian company that manufactures drones, drone components, and gimbals, introduced the Shark UAV in October, 2022.
The Shark is a small UAV that is launched with the use of a catapult and lands using a parachute. The drone is designed to be a cost-effective way for the Ukrainian military to monitor the enemy using a 30x optical zoom camera fitted to the nose of the drone.
Ukrspecsystems, a Ukrainian company founded in response to Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine in 2014, describes the Shark drone as the “perfect multifunctional unmanned aerial system for a wide range of missions.”
The radar was located by Ukrainian SSO using the new Shark reconnaissance UAV. pic.twitter.com/vEbzxBRaPo
— ???????? Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) March 23, 2023
“SHARK combines field-proven technologies and rich experience of UAVs application. SHARK UAS provides the possibility for fully autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance, clear identification, and recognition from a long distance at considerable altitude,” the company explains.
The drone can fly for an average of 3.5 hours at a time, has a data link connection that allows it to fly more than 60km from its operator, and can reach altitudes of 2,000m. The drone also has a maximum flight distance of over 300km.
Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.