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Ukrainian army destroys scarce Russian Repeynik radar with M777 howitzer

According to a video published on the Facebook account of the Ukrainian Army Operational Command "North" on April 10, 2023, a reconnaissance unit of the 30th Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian armed forces used drones to localized scarce Russian Repeynik radar designed to detect and track UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and then destroyed by the 45th Separate Artillery Brigade using M777 155mm towed howitzer. Only 11 Repeynik radars are in service with the Russian armed forces.
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A Russian scarce Repeynik radar was destroyed by Ukrainian soldiers of the 45th Separate Artillery Brigade. (Picture source Facebook 30th Separate Mechanized Brigade)

The 30th Separate Mechanized Brigade is a unit of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. It was created in the early 2000s as part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces' restructuring efforts and is based in the city of Novohrad-Volynskyi in the Zhytomyr Oblast of Ukraine. By October 2022, the brigade was seen participating in operations during the Battle of Bakhmut.

The 45th Separate Artillery Brigade is a unit of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which falls under the operational command of the Ground Forces. It is stationed in Zaporizhia, a city in southeastern Ukraine. The primary role of the brigade is to provide artillery support to other units of the Ukrainian Ground Forces.

The 45th Separate Artillery Brigade is equipped with a variety of artillery systems, such as towed and self-propelled howitzers, multiple rocket launchers, and anti-tank guided missile systems. The brigade operates various artillery systems, including the 2S1 Gvozdika (122mm self-propelled howitzer), 2S3 Akatsiya (152mm self-propelled howitzer), and BM-21 Grad (122mm multiple rocket launcher). The brigade also utilizes anti-tank missile systems like the 9K111 Fagot and 9K114 Shturm. M777 155mm towed howitzers donated by the United States and Canada are now in service with the 45th Separate Artillery Brigade.

Citing information published on the Ukrainian Army Operational Command "North" Facebook account, the Russian Repeynik radar has been destroyed by the fire from an M777 howitzer using M982 Excalibur extended-range GPS-guided ammunition.

The M777 is a lightweight 155mm howitzer used primarily by the United States, Canada, and other allied forces as well as Ukraine. The M982 Excalibur is an advanced, GPS-guided artillery shell designed for use with 155mm howitzers, including the M777. This precision-guided projectile provides increased accuracy and range, allowing for effective engagements with minimal collateral damage. Excalibur's guidance system enables it to hit targets up to 40 kilometers away, depending on the specific variant used. When used in ideal conditions, the Excalibur has a Circular Error Probable (CEP) of around 5 meters or less.

Repeynik radar in English Burdock is a cutting-edge surveillance system designed for the detection and tracking of ultra-small objects such as UAVs (Unmanned aerial Vehicles) within a range of up to 10 km, at altitudes of up to 5 km, and flying at speeds of up to 200 km/h. The portable system enables tactical autonomous use between populated areas in combat situations, as well as during security operations. Designed with versatility in mind, the "Repeynik" radar can be used in various latitudes and weather conditions, including coastal maritime regions.

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