Has Russia invented a ʟᴇᴛʜᴀʟ anti-drone technology that has made Zelensky panic?
When the 2020 wαr of Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan broke out, the world got to learn some far-reaching military lessons. Armenia was fighting with tanks, while Azerbaijan relied heavily on Turkish Bayraktar TB2 ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs and Israeli Kamikaze ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs.
An antidote to Turkish Bayraktar
And the end result of this clash was out very soon for everyone to see. It happened after decades that a wαr has ended with a clear winner and a loser. Armenia had lost the wαr, and the world came to realize that the future of warfare was changed forever. The world truly realized the potential of ᴅʀᴏɴᴇ warfare.
Perhaps, Bayraktar’s ʀᴜᴛʜʟᴇssɴᴇss was what stopped Russiα from coming to its decades-old ally Armenia’s rescue by not invoking the Collective Security Treaty Organization or CSTO’s provisions. Russiα understood that Turkey’s Bayraktar ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs had revolutionized the conventional wαrfare forever, finding an ᴀɴᴛɪᴅᴏᴛᴇ to which was necessary to sustain Moscow’s military dominance in the region.
And soon Russiα’s worst fears would come true. Merely a month after Armenia’s defeat in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Ukrαine showed its interest in purchasing 48 Bayraktar Tactical Block 2 ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs from Ankara to bolster its air defenses. The ʟᴇᴛʜᴀʟ ᴇǫᴜɪᴘᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴅᴇᴄɪᴍᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴀʀᴍᴇɴɪᴀɴ ᴛᴀɴᴋs ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʀᴛɪʟʟᴇʀɪᴇs ᴡᴀs ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛᴏ ʟᴀɴᴅ ᴀᴛ ʀᴜssɪα’s ʙᴏʀᴅᴇʀs. For Russiα which boasts the world’s strongest tank armada with more than 22,000 battle tanks, the news of Ukrαine seeking to arm itself with Bayraktar ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs was nothing less than a nightmare scenario.
Over the past one-and-a-half-year, Ukrαine has acquired dozens of Turkish advanced ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs that the country has now deployed to stave off the Russiαn military threat. But suddenly, Turkish ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs are now proving to be a damp squib in the ongoing Russiα-Ukrαine military conflict.
Zelensky takes a jibe at Bayraktar
Defence view reported on 25th April that the Turkish advanced ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs failed to play a decisive role in the Russiα-Ukrαine conflict. Zelensky himself said that Bayraktar ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs didn’t affect the end result of the wαr.
“With all due respect, those or other ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs can help but do not affect the result. Because there is a history of missiles, artillery, air defense” Zelensky said. Although various media outlets have reported that the Turkish ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs have successfully been striking the Russiαn military very hard, Ukrαiniαn president Volodymyr Zelensky’s recent statements suggest the exact opposite.
ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴀ ʀᴇᴘᴏʀᴛ ᴀʟsᴏ ʀᴇᴠᴇᴀʟᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ɢʟᴏʀɪғɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴛᴜʀᴋɪsʜ ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴜssɪα-ᴜᴋʀαɪɴᴇ ᴄʀɪsɪs ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ᴀ ᴘᴀʀᴛ ᴏғ ᴜᴋʀαɪɴᴇ’s ᴅɪsɪɴғᴏʀᴍᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴡᴀʀғᴀʀᴇ ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ ʀᴜssɪα. Also, videos being circulated on the internet showcasing Bayraktar’s assault on the Russiαn forces are videos of a single attack from different angles.
sᴏ, ᴅᴏᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍᴇᴀɴ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʀᴜssɪα ʜᴀs ғɪɴᴀʟʟʏ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴀɴ ᴀɴᴛɪᴅᴏᴛᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴛᴜʀᴋᴇʏ’s ᴀᴅᴠᴀɴᴄᴇᴅ ᴅʀᴏɴᴇ ᴡᴀʀғᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʟᴇғᴛ ᴀʀᴍᴇɴɪᴀ ɪɴᴄᴀᴘᴀᴄɪᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴛᴡᴏ ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴀɢᴏ?
Well, the answer is yes. Russiα has spent the last two years decoding Bayraktar’s specifications through the experience that it acquired by fighting off the Turkey-backed Government of National Accord in Libya.
The Bayraktar was used two years ago in Libya by the Turkey-backed government and proved successful in conducting precision strikes, but went unsuccessful when providing close-air support for ground movements, as the system was susceptible to air defence.
Mauro Gilli, senior researcher in military technology and international security at ETH Zurich, said that “ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʙ𝟸 ᴀʀᴇ ᴠᴜʟɴᴇʀᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴀɴᴛɪ-ᴀɪʀ ᴅᴇғᴇɴᴄᴇ sʏsᴛᴇᴍs. ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴇғғᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ, ᴛʜᴇʏ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴇᴍᴘʟᴏʏᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴀ sᴀᴠᴠʏ ᴡᴀʏ, ɪɴ ᴄᴏᴏʀᴅɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴇʟᴇᴄᴛʀᴏɴɪᴄ ᴡᴀʀғᴀʀᴇ sʏsᴛᴇᴍs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ‘ʙʟɪɴᴅ’ ᴇɴᴇᴍʏ ʀᴀᴅᴀʀs ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴀᴘᴘʀᴏᴘʀɪᴀᴛᴇ ᴛᴀᴄᴛɪᴄs.”
ᴀ ǫᴀᴛᴀʀ-ʙᴀsᴇᴅ ᴘᴏʀᴛᴀʟ ᴋɴᴏᴡɴ ᴀs ᴀʟ-ᴊᴀᴢᴇᴇʀᴀ ǫᴜᴏᴛᴇᴅ ᴍᴀᴜʀᴏ ɢɪʟʟɪ ᴀs sᴀʏɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴀᴛ “ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ ᴄᴀᴘᴀʙʟᴇ ᴇɴᴇᴍɪᴇs, ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ᴛᴇᴄʜɴᴏʟᴏɢɪᴇs ᴀɴᴅ ᴛᴀᴄᴛɪᴄs ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ɴᴏᴛ ʙᴇ sᴜғғɪᴄɪᴇɴᴛ. ɪɴ ʟɪʙʏᴀ, ʀᴜssɪαɴ ғᴏʀᴄᴇs ғɪɢᴜʀᴇᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴇғғᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴡᴀʏs ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏᴜɴᴛᴇʀ ᴛᴜʀᴋɪsʜ ᴛᴀᴄᴛɪᴄs ᴀɴᴅ sʜᴏᴏᴛ ᴅᴏᴡɴ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs. ᴛʜᴇ sᴀᴍᴇ [ʜᴀs ʙᴇᴇɴ] ᴏʙsᴇʀᴠᴇᴅ ɪɴ sʏʀɪᴀ ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴀɢᴏʀɴᴏ-ᴋᴀʀᴀʙᴀᴋʜ.” So, it can be said that Turkey’s Bayraktar ᴅʀᴏɴᴇ wαrfare is not invincible any longer. And that’s what has now made Zelensky super Jittery and anxious.