Kingfish wrote: ↑
12 Apr 2022 17:32
Yuri wrote: ↑
12 Apr 2022 12:35
The artillery battery has regular anti-aircraft weapons. It's the same in an infantry company. An artillery battalion/regiment must have a battery/battalion of an Anti-Aircraft Missile System.
One would presume an armored column on the march would be equally protected, yet the video I linked (and there are many others on the web) clearly shows the drone hovering directly over Russian units.
This, to me at least, indicates either the Russians have difficulties in detecting said drones, or are showing poor situational awareness.
Here everything is not as simple as it seems to you at first glance.
For example, I do not have an unambiguous assessment of the practical effectiveness of using drones against convoys of the armed forces of the Russian Federation moving through the territory of Ukraine as part of a special military operation.
1. Half a half of the population of the border regions have close relatives on the other side of the border /father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister/.
(in Russia it is Gomel
, Bryansk, Belgorod, Kursk and Rostov regions, and in Ukraine it is Kiev, Chernihov, Sumy, Kharkov regions)
The other half has cousins there /uncle, aunt, cousin/.
2. In the territories of Ukraine occupied by the armed forces of the Russian Federation, the following continued to function:
- mobile telephone communication;
- Ukrainian live TV channels;
- Ukrainian civil authorities;
- Ukrainian military commissariats, which mobilized and sent mobilized people to the territory under the control of Kiev.
3. Further along the main highways, the movement of civilian vehicles in both directions (towards military convoys and in the passing direction, overtaking transport convoys) was not prohibited. The Internet is filled with videos about the movement of Russian convoys. The video shooting was carried out from the window of moving civilian cars, the drivers and passengers of which often entered into conversation with the Russian military.
4. The Ukrainian Armed Forces received online information from NATO and US intelligence satellites. I am not aware of cases where the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have carried out activities against such satellites. At the same time, on the eve of the special operation, Russia demonstrated that it has effective means of combating artificial Earth satellites located in orbits of 300-450 km, that is, where optical-electronic reconnaissance satellites fly.
5. The high probability of the entry of the armed forces of the Russian Federation into the territory of Ukraine for three months before the start of the special operation was broadcast from all irons, refrigerators and washing machines, not to mention the media. /Or rather, the mass disinformation media/. Consequently, the intelligence agencies of the armed forces of Ukraine had the opportunity to position their informants in advance on all the routes of the alleged movement of enemy troops.
6. What is listed above in paragraphs 2-4 in conditions of full-scale hostilities (that is, in conditions of a real war) is not possible. This should be clear to any person if he does not consciously shut himself off from reality.
There are questions:
1. What information about the progress of Russian convoys did the intelligence of the Ukrainian armed forces receive only from drones?
2. Did the Russian armed forces have a need to carry out activities specifically directed only against Ukrainian drones? After all, the intelligence of the Ukrainian armed forces received everything, literally everything, about the movements of Russian convoys online both from their ground sources /informants/ and from NATO and US space satellites.
I don't have a clear answer to these questions.
On the other hand, I have not seen many video clips that would give grounds to talk about the effectiveness of drone actions against towed artillery deployed in combat order (that is, not guns moving as part of convoys, namely those installed in combat positions).