Satellite images and photos showing the impact of the Ukrainian drone strike on Russian military airfields at Dyagilevo and Engels have appeared online.
Images from Engels show traces of the fall of the UAV close to the Tu-22M3 bomber. The explosion killed 3 people and injured 4 others. The bomber received damage to the tail, elevators and an engine.
According to media reports, one of the main issues with this kind of damage is that engines for Tu-22M3 have not been produced for a long time. Therefore, the number of spare parts and components for them is limited. The production of these engines was liquidated under Yeltsin. In this light, the ongoing project work on the design of a new long-range bomber, which should replace the Soviet design, is of great importance.
The US company Maxar published satellite imagery of the Engels airbase in the Saratov region. The high-resolution images show no significant damage to the airfield:
An official statement of the Russian Defense Ministry covering this topic:
On the morning of 5 December, the Kiev regime attempted to attack by Soviet-made UAVs the military airfields at Dyagilevo in the Ryazan region and Engels in the Saratov region in an effort to disable Russian long-range aircraft.
Russian air defence forces intercepted the Ukrainian UAVs as they were flying at a low altitude.
The crash and explosion of the wreckage on the Russian airfields caused minor damage to the hull armour of the two airplanes.
Three Russian maintenance personnel on the airfield suffered fatal injuries.
Another four servicemen wounded were taken to medical facilities where they were given all the necessary medical care.
Despite attempts by the Kiev regime to disrupt the combat operations of Russian Long-Range Aviation by an act of terrorism, today at around 3 pm (Moscow time) the command and control system and related defense complex facilities, communication hubs, power plants, and military units of Ukraine were struck with high-precision long-range air and sea-based weapons.
The objective of the strike has been achieved. All of the designated 17 targets were engaged.
The strike disrupted the transfer by rail of Ukrainian military reserves, foreign weapons, military equipment and ammunition to the areas of combat operations.
There are little doubts that the drone strike was a failed attempt to disrupt parts of long-range aviation used to strike objects of military and energy infrastructure on the territory controlled by the Kiev regime. Furthermore, the strike demonstrated that Kiev’s forces use the technology that allows them to launch strikes on targets with a range of ~1000 km. And this has already happened as the December 5 incident demonstrated.
It should be noted that the Ukrainian Armed Forces actively employ Soviet-era UAVs like Tu-141 (base range is ~1,000km). In particular, after the start of the conflict in the east of Ukraine in the spring of 2014, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense decided to increase the efficiency of its air reconnaissance. One of the projects was the development work on the modernization of the remaining Tu-141 UAVs. In March 2022, another Ukrainian UAV “modernization” project was revealed. It included the installation of a non-standard warhead of a large mass on the UAV. With this update, the Tu-141 de-facto becomes into a long-range, but low-precision cruise missile. At least one, Tu-141 UAV was used in a failed strike on the territory of Crimea in March 2022. This modernization program is likely ongoing with the help from NATO specialists.
Thus, Kiev’s forces already have and use means to strike targets deep inside Russia. Even with the limited success of this strike, this factor can hardly be ignored by the Russian leadership. Therefore, it will require the increase of air defense measures in Russia. However, this threat can hardly be fully removed without the full dismantling of military capabilities of the Kiev regime.
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Military assistance had been given and that assistance has over-stepped the mark…
pantsirs, tors, buks, s300s, s350s, 400s, s500s. They together are unable to intercept even the soviet built obsolete missiles and drones. I have been deceived by our military and military industrial complex.
Im speechless, i got no comback you right. This is some fucking joke beyond pathetic now
The Russians are not interested in dismantling the Ukrainians’ military capability. Neither the Ukrainian army’s ability to move nor the power of Ukraine to receive new equipment from NATO. So I think this is a pre-prepared war with hidden objectives.
The NATO objective to destroy Russia seems clear but they may find Russians a lot smarter than they think.
Any REMAINS of a UAV to show, then? Or was it an engine blow-out?
Whybis the russian military ao pathetic cant even defend your airspace deep within russia wtf like. All the money has gone to oligarchs yacts
When the target hit the airfield after already been shut down the airdefence is not located correct. It must be located in a higher distance to the airfield.
They need to seriously check their air defense capabilities and also the drone could have been deployed inside Russia.
I heard the exact opposite elsewhere, that the plane is easy to repair and that Russia has and makes all the parts it needs. I’m not sure who to believe.
Very easy to figure it out.
Every cuck, every shitskin, every nigger, every faggot and every bitch always lie.
From the pics the damage to the airplane doesn’t seem to be significant. If we can maintain, repair and replace parts of our old fleet of various out-dated airframes, I’m sure Russians can do it too. The plane is fine.
But the pics don’t show any sign of burn marks even on trucks, I guess that rules out the explosion. Maybe they were damaged by the falling debris. A Tu-141 in original configuration can speed up over 1000 km/h. Combine that to an empty weight of about >3000kg, even some remains packs a punch one expects from the pics.
I don’t really understand the “act of terrorism” part in the Russian MoD statement. They are in a military conflict with the Ukraine and the drone was launched by the Uki armed forces from the territory of the Ukraine towards a military object. Which part of it signifies a terror act? RF MoD, You are not Americans, so act like a Russian, swallow it with dignity and don’t cheapen a word like terrorism.
RIP for the crew, wish of quick recovery for the injured and prayers for their relatives.
Ya sure just a few loose bolts! The whole ass end is ripped to shreds!
Nato and EU with the help of SAT showed the way. Still why aren’t there any hangars? No SAM defense or at least hide the planes or use decoys. But leaving them open for satellites to take pictures makes me wonder who is in charge of defense.
Just destroy those satelites flying over russian teritory
The masters of the west are in despair. They think that with outdated weapons and fearfull soldiers they win wars. Maybe in their dreams. Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!! The Trend of modern times is crystal clear: the death of the usurers and the destruction of their lousy political system.
Just goes to show the S300 and S400 are useless junk hence why they were never used in Syria cos Russia didn’t want to look stupid back then, but here we are now.
Keep going faggot with your dellusions 😆😆🏳️🌈🖕 You are so ugly that no nigger fucks you? 😆😆😆
Trolling, trolling, still trolling, eh? Ask to NATO how they are ‘useless’.
Israel is secretly providing drones and other military hardware to Ukraine. It’s time for Putin to forcefully persuade Israel. Hit them where it hurts. The next time IAF aircraft illeaglly Attack Syria make sure they pay a price.
This is a Soviet era Tu-141 modified recce drone strike. Ukraine operates the Tupolev bureau Tu-141 UCAV modified into a Loitering Munition or more like a cruise missile.
The West can send all the weapons it can, they are so outdated and numerically insufficient. Destiny rages against these poor decadent and rotten losers.
Since Israel did 911, I urge Russia to save some nukes to be used on Israel once a nuclear war starts with America and Britain. Tel Aviv should be a nuclear wasteland for trying to pin 911 on Moslems.
S-550 for Syria right now!
The russian army is such a joke, unbelievable. Russians getting their weak asses annihilated by Ukrainians haha
Your delusional state is inspiring. The over 100 000 dead Ukrainian military aren’t laughing at the joke Russian Army I can absolutely assure you.
Nowhere in russia is safe…
Yeah, we all know Russia run out of rockets in May and Ukraine is a safe heaven.😂🤣
Failed Ukrainian CIA project safest place on earth except for weekly storms of Russian drones and missiles. Not like dangerous Russia!
That wannabe emperor dope reminds me of the last scene in Gladiator, the fight to the death betweeen Maximus and the emperor.
I remember Bucha. Where the dumb ukrops never bothered to strip off the white armbands but did manage to sweep up all the fleshettes in time for bogus inspections. Maybe half dumb.
Nowhere on Earth is safe for ukronazi bucha butchers. Can’t hide facts forever. Ask Hunter Biden.
PS: If I were Zelensky, I’d be giving orders to shoot foreign mercs (not that orders are needed) once their shelf-life expires, or at least cutting out their tongues. Never know what such hayseeds can blurt out back home.
Nowhere in Ukraine is safe – from Ukrainians. They shoot each other.
the full dismantling of Ukraine, this isvthe only way.
Can’t stop thinking about what would the US do if ukraine-404 was their neighbour…I doubt they would leave any ukrosapien alive by now and burn their “state” to the ground… The cherry on the cake would be the american MSM justifying the cause as liberation of ukraine and a correct response for terrorists trying to destroy their freedom and values…
Is there an Israel hand?
such strikes on the Russian nuclear deterrent are by the US, and by its agents inside Russia. The Russians have to respond symmetrically by recruiting similar agents who are willing to kill Americans in their beds and in their bases on the US mainland
Derpy derp derp.
Russia Is Looking A Like A Fool, Need I Say More!
very difficult to say more w taliban penis in your mouth
Rusia have to close the air space for satelites…
amerika—the international joke
I’m still waiting for the dismantling part to start.
. The first RAF raid on Berlin took place on the night of 25 August 1940. So now we have the battle of Ukraine?? Next tatget is Moscow???
No drone parts left so identification can be made??