Russian Lancet Drones Takes Out Ukrainian Howitzers, Rocket Launchers & Air Defense System (Videos)South Front

April 12, 2023

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Russian Lancet Drones Takes Out Ukrainian Howitzers, Rocket Launchers & Air Defense System (Videos)

ZALA Lancet attack drone. © Marina Lystseva/TASS

The Russian military has destroyed more high-value military equipment of Kiev forces in the special operation zone with Lancet loitering munitions.

Between April 10 and 12, videos documenting several recent strikes surfaced online. The pinpoint strikes destroyed two American-made M777 towed 155 mm howitzers, a Soviet-made BM-21 Grad multiple launchers, a Czechoslovakian-made RM-70 multiple rocket launcher, a Polish-made Krab self-propelled 155 mm howitzer and a Soviet-made Buk-M1 medium-range air defense system.

The Lancet loitering munition was developed by the ZALA Aero Group, a subsidiary of Russia’s defense giant Kalashnikov Concern.

The company produces two versions of the loitering munition, the Izdeliye-52 with an endurance of 40 minutes and a three-kilogram warhead and the larger Izdeliye-51 that has an endurance of an hour and is armed with a warhead weighting five kilograms.

Both versions are equipped with a GLONASS-aided inertial navigation system, a Lidar and an electro-optical system that can detect, track and lock on static and moving targets.

There have been at least 206 documented strikes with Lancet loitering munitions since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine last year. Most of the targets were high-value equipment like howitzers, main battle tanks, multiple rocket launchers, radars and air defense systems.


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