War in Ukraine: Why Iranian Suicide Drones Are Hell on the Ground

War in Ukraine: Why Iranian Suicide Drones Are Hell on the Ground

This is the new terror of the people of Kiev. In recent days, Iranian Shahed 136 kamikaze drones, renamed “Gueragne-2” (or Geranium-2) by the Russians, have been used by the Russian army to bomb the Ukrainian capital and other cities in Ukraine . Strikes in Kyiv killed three people on Monday, and these drones are a new problem for anti-aircraft defenses.

On the spot, the police frantically fired their Kalashnikovs at a triangular silhouette slowly crossing the capital’s sky. But the “Gueragne-2” explodes on a building. In numbers, these machines have a wingspan of 8 feet (2.5 meters) like a great eagle, are just over 10 feet long, and weigh 450 pounds of plastic, composites, and explosives.

A slow, noisy and scary flight

With an impressive autonomy of almost 1,000 kilometers, these drones have everything to become a nightmare of Ukrainian cities. A slow, noisy and agonizing overpass for civilians that is difficult to see on radar due to the small amount of metal used in construction. Their large number is also problematic.

Russia bought several hundred thanks to a ridiculous price of €20,000 per drone, which is cheaper than a large multiple artillery shell at €28,000 and much less than cruise missiles, which cost between €500,000 and €6 million depending on their sophistication. Five bombing raids on Kyiv for 100,000 euros, the cost is unbeatable and almost unstoppable.

Reinvent new tactics

The completed “gueragne-2” can also change the target at the last moment. A few have been shot down, but launched in large numbers, these drones overwhelm defenses and create a ferocious squaring of the circle. Anti-aircraft missiles are too expensive for such a flimsy target, and firing heavy weapons into the sky is complicated.

For residents of Ukrainian cities there is only one solution: find the way to the emergency shelters. There is an urgent need for the country’s military to reinvent defensive tactics against an enemy whose weaknesses have yet to be exploited.

Reference: www.europe1.fr