Back in July we reported that Russia urgently needed more loitering munitions for battlefield use. While the larger Shahed-136 kamikaze drones supplied by Iran are mainly targeting the Ukrainian power grid, Russia now appears to be deploying significant numbers of the smaller, more accurate Lancet-3. A series of videos released by the Russian Ministry of Defense reveal some interesting features of this new and dangerous weapon.
“Lancets may not have been employed in large numbers earlier because Russia's initial invasion plans and the opening weeks and months of the war did not anticipate massive Ukrainian resistance and therefore the MOD may not have placed enough orders for these to be manufactured in large numbers,” Samuel Bendett, an expert on the Russian defense scene and adviser to the CNA and CNAS think tanks, told me.
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