Unpleasant information from Kiev comes from the fronts of the war as it is confirmed that the Russian war machine has thrown into battle “unknown” munitions some of which came from Iran.
During the conduct of the war on Ukrainian territory, one of the priority tasks of the Russian armed forces and the Russian military-industrial complex was the mass importation and use against the Ukrainian Army of new or relatively recently developed weapons.
Everything shows that Russia will try to take advantage of the lack of ammunition that is now plaguing the Ukrainian Army, especially if the suspension of American military aid continues.
For the first time, an official video released by the Russian Ministry of Defense showed that 122mm projectiles of Iranian origin are being used for the Russian BM-21 Grad MLRS system.
These are 122 mm HE-FRAG projectiles of the Arash-1 family.
The official confirmation of the use of Iranian 122mm missiles is important for Russia at a time when the West has run out of ammunition.
#Ukraine: For the first time Iranian 🇮🇷 ammunition appeared in official footage from the Russian Ministry of Defense- showing Iranian 122mm HE-FRAG rockets of the Arash family for BM-21 Grad MRLS.— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) October 1, 2023
The use of Iranian Grad rocket were first reported by us back in the late August. pic.twitter.com/TMj8DGCb7v
Ukrainian media reports that September was a record month for the use of Geran-2 kamikaze drones.
According to published data, last month the Russian Armed Forces launched a total of 503 of these kamikaze drones.
The previous record of 413 Geran-2s launched was set in May this year. During the summer months, the number of drones used was about 200 units.
The representative of the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Yuriy Ignat, expressed concern about the increase in the intensity of drone attacks and stressed that if Russia increases the production of drones, it will increasingly use them against military and energy infrastructure.
The Ukrainian officer also noted that the Russian Federation has modernized the Geran-2 drones and it has become more difficult to intercept them.
“Drones have been shielded from electronic warfare, and Russian UAVs can now reestablish communication with a satellite if it is lost in the event of electronic warfare,” Ignat said.
Mayor Nikolaev said in an interview that Russian troops “attacked the city with missiles of an unknown type,” adding that air defense systems were unable to identify those missiles and, consequently, shoot them down.
“We don’t know what kind of missiles the Russians started using. But such rockets lead to serious disasters and fires,” he claimed.
The Ukrainians speculate that it is a modification of the X-38 missile, adopted by the Russian Aerospace Forces about 10 years ago. The upgrade of the missile allows it to hit the target without entering the range of Ukrainian air defense systems.
The tactics of modern military operations have led to the equipping of tanks of the T-90 and T-14 “Armata” versions with the “Telnik” (RD) remote detonation complexes.
This is a new class of 3OF82 high-explosive 125 mm projectiles, the 3VOF128 used by tanks.
These munitions are equipped with a computer (TBC), an information input unit (IBU) in the munitions and a docking device (SD).
The Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces, General Oleg Salyukov said that the mentioned missiles began to be used on the T-90M tanks (Proryv-3 with a 2A46M-5 cannon).
The 3OF82 “Telnik” is a ready-made submunition (GPE) munition, which can be detonated at the desired point on approach to the target. The crew can choose the direction of the fragmentation, forward in a cone (beam) or in a circular field.
Such ammunition hits Ukrainian infantry fortified in trenches or in the fields with great effectiveness, which is very difficult to hit with a standard 3OF26 projectile.