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Russian tactics in Ukraine reflect need for GBAD

1st March 2022 - 11:25 GMT | by Sam Cranny-Evans in London

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Russian precision strikes initially focused on defence infrastructure but population centres in Ukraine are not been immune from the effects of the invasion. (Photo: Andriy Dubchack/Donbass Frontier)

What should NATO planners take as initial lessons from the Russia-Ukraine war?

The opening phases of the Russian invasion of Ukraine demonstrated the need for layered ground-based air defences that are capable of protecting critical national defence infrastructure.

The initial attack included the widespread use of cruise and short-range ballistic missile strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure. Russian state-run media reported that Ukrainian airfields and air defences were targeted on the first day.

Russia claims to have destroyed 14 Ukrainian airfields, 19 C2 stations, 24 anti-aircraft systems including S-300s and 48 radar stations.

Most claims from Russia lack independent verification but it is clear that an extensive effort has been made, although not entirely

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