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How Russia is ramping up efforts to counter drones in Ukraine

30th April 2024 - 10:02 GMT | by Sam Cranny-Evans


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has seen an increase in the scale of drone usage on the battlefield on both sides of the conflict. (Photo: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/@DefenceU on Twitter)

Russian forces in Ukraine have been employing multifaceted strategies to counteract drones, as a past reliance on large-scale electronic warfare has shifted towards diverse, localised countermeasures.

Russian forces in Ukraine have been utilising a multi-pronged approach to degrading Ukrainian drones. The approach has included attacking the physical infrastructure used to extend their range, home-made and commercial electronic warfare (EW) systems at tactical echelons, and sniper pairs to shoot larger systems.

The development of counter-drone efforts has occurred organically and shifted from a previous reliance upon Russia’s battalion- and brigade-level EW which was doctrinally responsible for counter-drone effects at the start of the invasion.

A factor that has driven tactical counter-drone adaptations has been the increase in the scale of drone usage which has exposed units without

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Sam Cranny-Evans


Sam Cranny-Evans

Sam is a freelance defence analyst and consultant, as well as a RUSI Associate Fellow. …

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