TechUkrainian drones disable critical Russian radar in Crimea

Ukrainian drones disable critical Russian radar in Crimea

Radar 1L119 “Nebo-SVU”
Radar 1L119 “Nebo-SVU”
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7:06 AM EDT, June 1, 2024

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) conducted a successful strike on the Nebo-SVU radar station, which belonged to Russian occupation forces in Crimea. According to Defense Express, drones developed by Ukrainian counterintelligence were used to destroy the enemy radar.

The Nebo-SVU radar, located near Armyansk, controlled a 236-mile front section, protecting strategic facilities in Crimea. After the drone attack, space intelligence recorded a shutdown of the radar's radiation. "The Russian radar was located near Armyansk and controlled a 380-kilometre-long section of the frontline, providing protection for Russian army facilities in Crimea. Allegedly, after the drone attack, space reconnaissance means recorded the radar radiation being turned off, and it did not resume after that," reports Army TV.

The Nebo radar family

Nebo is a family of meter-band radars produced by the Nizhny Novgorod Research Institute of Radio Engineering (NNIIRT). The Nebo-SVU radar, intended for ground forces, has a fighter detection range of up to 236 miles. "Nebo-SV" is the version designed for ground forces, and "Nebo-SVU" is a modernized three-coordinate station. A fully autonomous radar transmits analog and digital data to air defense systems.

Further strikes

In recent weeks, the Ukrainian Defense Forces have repeatedly attacked Russian radar stations. Last week, they struck the Voronezh-DM radar in Krasnodar, part of the early missile warning system. The over-the-horizon Voronezh-DM radar was damaged as a result of a Ukrainian drone attack.

As a result of another attack, the Voronezh-M radar near Orsk in the Orenburg region, located 932 miles from the front line, was damaged.

The recent actions of the SBU and the Ukrainian Defense Forces demonstrate their ability to precisely strike key elements of enemy military infrastructure, which could significantly impact the course of the conflict. This is particularly significant as F-16 fighters are expected to start flying in Ukraine in late June and early July.

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