Russia is reportedly employing a new approach to improve combat damage assessment and targeting during missile strikes against Ukraine. This reveals the daily Russo-Ukrainian war update by the Kingdom’s intelligence services.¬†

This fact sheds light on Russia’s efforts to gather information in real-time and improve the precision of its attacks in the ongoing conflict.

British intelligence has claimed that Russia had resumed a series of frequent long-range missile strikes deep into Ukraine since early May 2023. These missile strikes are believed to weaken Ukraine’s air defense capabilities primarily.

Building on previous waves of in-depth missile strikes, Russia has now more frequently incorporated unarmed surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into its operations.

With this, it intends to correct an important deficiency detected by the British Ministry of Defense in the targeting process of the Russian army, which has been described as slow and ineffective.

By leveraging UAVs for surveillance, Russia aims to increase its situational awareness and improve the precision of its strikes, ultimately bolstering its performance in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

However, the intelligence update has also highlighted that this development does not significantly improve. Russia’s use of slow surveillance UAVs makes them highly susceptible to Ukrainian air defenses.

This vulnerability compromises the effectiveness and reliability of UAV surveillance capabilities, highlighting a potential limitation in Russia’s attempts to improve its targeting process.

Meanwhile, a Ukrainian Militarnyi observation group report claimed that Russia had begun using wooden drones in northeastern Ukraine to divert attention from air defense.

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These wooden drones serve as decoys to distract and confuse Ukrainian air defense systems such as S-300, Patriot, NASAMS, IRIS-T, BUK, etc.

In the first days of May, the Joint Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine also exhibited one of the wooden drones captured from Russia. Specifically near the Russian-Ukrainian border, in Sumy Oblast, northeastern Ukraine, Ukrainian air defense successfully shot down a Russian wooden drone.

The captured wooden drone revealed that it is equipped with telemetric control, using a mobile GSM communication channel.

This indicates that the drone’s functionality and control rely on mobile communication technology, similar to those encountered by the Russian military in Syria in 2018.

The evolution of Russian strategies poses new challenges.

A recent study published by the UK’s Royal United Services Institute highlights that the Russian military has undergone significant changes in its approach to the conflict in Ukraine, posing a substantial threat as Kyiv prepares for a major counter-offensive.

The study questions the widespread perception of weakness in the Russian military, suggesting that such perceptions may be outdated or wrong.

While the report acknowledges dysfunctional aspects within the Russian military, such as over-reliance on artillery and low morale, it also stresses that these weaknesses have overshadowed Russia’s largely overlooked gains on the battlefield.

One of the report’s authors, Nick Reynolds, questions the idea that the Russian military is a diminished force. He underlines the prevalence of propaganda on social media and advocates for a more objective and balanced assessment.

Reynolds stresses that unrealistic expectations have been placed on Ukraine. The report highlights the importance of understanding the evolution of the Russian approach towards Ukraine and NATO members, as Moscow presents itself as an increasingly hostile and dynamic adversary.

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Understanding Russia’s changing tactics is crucial to meet the country’s military challenges effectively.

The report further mentioned that Russia has successfully resolved initial deficiencies of its air defense on the battlefield by effectively integrating missile systems and their sensors along the 1,200-kilometre invasion front.

As a result, Russian forces have managed to mitigate the danger posed by Ukrainian HARMs seeking radars significantly. In addition, they have intercepted rockets and successfully shot down a low-flying Ukrainian warplane from a distance of 150 kilometers.

These advances in air defense capabilities demonstrate Russia’s ability to neutralize threats and enhance its control of battlefield airspace, further consolidating its position in the ongoing conflict.

In addition, Russia’s electronic warfare capabilities are constantly evolving, with deployment ranging from the airborne to the platoon level. This breakthrough has significantly affected Ukraine, causing the monthly loss of approximately 10,000 drones.

Furthermore, the report suggests that Russian forces have demonstrated the ability to decrypt Ukraine’s encrypted Motorola communications systems in real-time.

These findings underscore Ukraine’s challenges in countering Russia’s electronic warfare tactics and maintaining secure communication channels.