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UK intelligence: Ukraine gets better at downing Iranian drones

by The Kyiv Independent news desk October 24, 2022 11:10 AM 1 min read
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Russian troops keep using Iranian-made kamikaze drones against targets across Ukraine, but Ukraine's Armed Forces got increasingly better at shooting them down, the U.K. Defense Ministry reported on Oct. 24.

"Russia is likely expending a high number of Iranian Shahed-136 UAVs to penetrate increasingly effective Ukrainian air defenses... using them as a substitute for Russian-manufactured long-range precision weapons," reads the report.

As Shahed-136 drones are "slow, noisy and fly at low altitudes," Ukraine manages to intercept up to 85% of the attacks, according to the U.K. Defense Ministry.

Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine's intelligence chief, told Ukrainska Pravda that, as of Oct. 22, Russian forces have launched about 330 Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones, of which 222 were shot down.

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