Ukraine - Russia Invasion conflict

The UK Ministry of Defence has released an intelligence update revealing the impactful use of First Person View Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (FPV-UAVs) by Ukrainian forces. Operating on the east bank of the Dnipro River, these drones have been a key element in targeting Russian forces, marking a new phase in drone warfare. According to one Russian blogger, almost 90 percent of Russian vehicles in the Krynky sector have been destroyed.

Army Recognition's deep analysis of the Russian T-90M Proryv-3 reveals a sophisticated evolution in Russia's approach to armored warfare. This latest generation of the T-90 tank series, rooted in the legacy of the T-72, marks a significant leap forward from its predecessors. Developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the T-90 platform has been continuously upgraded, reflecting Russia's strategic emphasis on enhancing its armored capabilities.

According to a picture published on a social network on January 10, 2023, the Ukrainian 10th Army Corps has recently outfitted its German-made Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) with the 'Sania' system, designed to counter First Person View (FPV) drones. This deployment is in response to the escalating use of FPV drones in warfare, particularly in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

In December 2023, a photograph of the Gibka-S in Ukraine, published on the Russian social network VK, confirmed the deployment of this new short-range surface-to-air missile system. This air defense system, based on the chassis of the "Tiger" armored vehicle, enables the Russian military to significantly increase its anti-aircraft arsenal, offering a rapid and efficient response to diversified aerial threats.

On January 10, 2024, information emerged from Russian social media sources about the deployment of the 1L277 Sobolyatnik portable ground reconnaissance radar stations by the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine. This development is indicative of an attempt to improve surveillance in the conflict area, particularly in response to the use of drones by Ukrainian forces, which have been a notable aspect of the conflict.

On January 6, 2023, the Ukrainian armed forces released videos on their social media platforms showing the neutralization of two Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense systems using Polish-made Warmate loitering munitions. It appears that the Warmate loitering munitions have successfully overcome the electronic countermeasures of the Pantsir systems.

Milanion has announced their flagship AGEMA Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) is in service with the Kraken special unit of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine. The Kraken unit is involved in front-line combat missions in Ukraine and the AGEMA UGV can provide vital battlefield support for personnel operating in the harsh Ukrainian winter conditions.

As reported by Russian social media reports from January 8, 2023, the Russian Armed Forces have reportedly incorporated the T-80BVM Model 2023 Main Battle Tank into their units in the Zaporizhzhia region. This tank, representing an updated version of the T-80BVM, is reportedly being used in current military operations, particularly in assisting infantry during assaults against Ukrainian positions.

As reported by InfoDrive on December 31, 2023, Sergey Chemezov, the General Director of the Russian state corporation Rostec, has announced plans to test the remote-controlled BMP-3 Sinitsa infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) within the Russian military operation zone in Ukraine.

According to a post on the Russian social network VK, the use of old T-55 tanks by Russian forces has been observed in Ukraine. These relics from the Soviet era, although technologically outdated, are playing the role of self-propelled artillery in the theater of war. This tank is being used to potentially compensate for the large number of Russian armored vehicle losses announced by the Ukrainian forces.

Ukrainian intelligence has obtained 100 gigabytes of classified data from the Russian company LLC 'Special Technological Center' located in St.Petersburg, which is involved in the production of 'Orlan' drones used in the war in Ukraine, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reports, echoed by The Odessa Journal.

On January 6, 2024, the Ukrainian government proudly announced the formal induction of the Shturm-SM ATGM tank destroyer into its armed forces. This model is a significant Ukrainian modernization of the Soviet-era 9K114 Shturm, with both the original and the upgraded Shturm-SM based on the MT-LB chassis. The Shturm-SM features substantial enhancements, including the OPSN-I optical sighting station and the RK-2P Barrier-P anti-tank missile. This project represents a concerted effort by UkrInMash Corporation, DKKB Luch, and the Izyum Instrument Factory to adapt to the evolving needs of the Ukrainian armed forces, particularly in the context of diminishing military support from the United States.

Ukrainian volunteers have successfully transported Snatch Land Rover armored vehicles to the military, as announced by the Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation, echoed by Militarnyi. The initial shipment consisted of five Snatch Land Rovers, with plans to dispatch a total of 30 such vehicles. The foundation shared, "In early November, we informed about the contracted batch of wheeled and tracked armored vehicles, and the initial five out of the 30 Snatch Land Rovers have already been delivered."

The T-90M Proryv-3, a latest-generation Russian tank, has suffered significant losses in Ukraine. For instance, one incident involved the tank being hit by a portable anti-tank weapon, causing the ejection of its turret due to the detonation of ammunition stored underneath. Recently, there has been an increase in the destruction or neutralization of these tanks, making it interesting to delve into this Russian Main Battle Tank.

According to Major General Oleksiy Taran, the head of the Main Doctrine and Training Department (J7) of the Ukrainian Army’s General Staff, the Ukrainian Armed Forces currently can provide domestic training for personnel to operate 30 different foreign models of weapons and military equipment. This information was conveyed during an interview with ArmyInform, as reported by Ukrinform, and echoed by Militarnyi

In a recent development of the war in Ukraine reported by Oleh Syniehubov, the Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Russian forces launched an air strike against the city of Kharkiv on January 3, 2023, using S-300 surface-to-air missiles. This incident marks another instance in the ongoing Ukraine conflict where the S-300 missile system, typically designed for air defense, has been repurposed for ground offensives.

Recent images on social media reveal the Ukrainian army's deployment of their latest locally-made Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), the Vilkha-M. This addition significantly surpasses the capabilities of the GMLRS (Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System) rockets used in the M142 HIMARS, a system supplied by the United States. The Vilkha-M is notable for its extended range of 130 km and increased payload capacity, substantially enhancing the capabilities beyond the M142 HIMARS, which has a maximum range of 70 km.

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