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Ukraine shores up SHORAD

8th November 2017 - 16:26 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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Ukraine's land forces are looking at ways to beef up their Short-Range Air Defence (SHORAD) capabilities following combat experiences in the country's civil war in the east.

Among the main threats during the conflict, which began in 2014, has been tactical UAVs used by pro-Russian separatists for long-range artillery and MLRS fire correction. 

These small UAVs, usually operating at low altitude immediately behind the front lines, have proved to be extremely effective in aiming indirect fire, causing huge losses in manpower and equipment. 

To counter this omnipresent UAV threat, the Ukrainian military has deployed a significant inventory of air defence

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov


Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir Grozev

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Krassimir is a journalist based in Sofia, Bulgaria

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