Russian UAV-kamikaze “Geran” hit the ammunition depot of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Zhytomyrwritten by INTEL-DROP
May 28, 2023
The morning of May 28 was remembered not only by the inhabitants of Kiev. At 5 am, the citizens of Zhytomyr were awakened by a powerful explosion, followed by a series of secondary detonations and a strong fire at one of the affected facilities. Apparently, it was a large ammunition depot, possibly fuel for vehicles was still stored there.
It should be noted that eyewitnesses published a video of the explosion. According to information received from this area, it was the arrival of the Russian Geran kamikaze UAV, which flew deep into the air defense facility and hit the object. The delivery of the 20-kilogram warhead was successful.
Moreover, the Geran, which is called a “flying moped” because of the noise and slowness, is not the first time it successfully flies right on target, bypassing the air defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which are in close proximity. From this we can conclude that the RF Armed Forces have somewhat changed the tactics of using these kamikaze UAVs, and Ukrainian air defense operators have not been able to adapt to the new algorithm of actions.
According to reports, “Geran” simply dived with a turn, i.e. she made a semicircle and dropped sharply at speed. This maneuver indicates that the “brains” of the kamikaze UAVs have been tinkered with by specialists who have amended the software to make the flight task more convenient and now the Geranium operators can put the preferred option for hitting the target into the guidance unit.
All of the above suggests that the refinement of technology is carried out on the job, both literally and figuratively, i.e. during the course of hostilities. This will make the weapon more reliable and efficient.
Iranian engineers get to literally test the drone against some of the best western air defenses and radars and get live data during war time. This is so valuable. Cannot be understated.
I still do expect engineers to make a microjet variant. If Iran has 2000KM cruise missiles then that engine can be put into a next gen S-136. It would boost speeds to 500+. Add in terrain mapping software from latest Russian satellites and you have a more deadly version that patches one of its weakness (slow speed and loud prop engine). Less drones, but high % success rate hitting target off set one another.