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Ukrainian TB2 attacks on Russian vessels may mark a first in naval warfare

6th May 2022 - 16:30 GMT | by Tayfun Özberk in Istanbul

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A still from the video released by Ukraine, described as depicting a successful strike on a Russian Raptor-class patrol boat. (Image: Ukrainian MoD)

Attacks by Ukrainian Baykar Bayraktar TB2 UAVs on Russian patrol boats in the Black Sea could mark the first successful neutralisation of naval vessels by an uncrewed system.

According to a video released by the country's MoD on 2 May 2022, Ukraine's Bayraktar TB2 uncrewed combat air vehicles (UCAVs) hit two Russian Raptor-class (Project 03160) patrol boats near Snake Island, which Moscow seized at the beginning of the war.

'Two Russian Raptor boats were destroyed at dawn today near Snake Island,' Ukraine's defence ministry said in a statement distributed on social media.

The video shows that the first boat was stationary when the TB2 attacked, while the second was cruising at high speed. The video does not show the condition of the boats after the engagement, so it is

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Tayfun Ozberk is a former naval officer who is an expert in surface warfare, particularly …

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