NYT: Ukraine has to shoot down cheap Iranian drones with expensive air defense missiles

NYT: Ukraine has to shoot down cheap Iranian drones with expensive air defense missiles

< p>Ukraine uses more expensive missiles to destroy Iranian Shahed kamikaze drones that Russia launches in the direction of civilian and critical infrastructure. The New York Times writes about this.

Journalists refer to the statement of the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to which, from January 1, 2023, Ukrainian defenders managed to shoot down all Iranian drones that Russia fired in Ukraine.

< p>Artem Starosek, executive director of the Molfar business intelligence agency, draws attention to the fact that the production of the Iranian Shahed kamikaze drone can cost $20,000, and the cost of launching one «surface-to-air» ranges from $140 to $500 thousand (Soviet S-300 missile and ammunition for the NASAMS system, respectively). The company estimates that since last September, Russia has launched about 600 drones in the direction of Ukrainian cities. At the same time, Starosek notes that the country will spend less money on shooting down an enemy UAV than it will later restore an energy infrastructure facility.

Michael Kofman, an expert at the CNA Research Institute on the Russian Armed Forces, notes that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are to destroy Iranian kamikaze drones uses «a zoo of various air defense systems», including missile systems manufactured by the USSR or NATO. Moreover, Ukrainian servicemen are actively using Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, which are considered relatively inexpensive to use against UAVs.

The Molfar intelligence business agency emphasizes that Ukraine is currently dependent on Western allies, but it is not excluded that soon the West «may get tired» from such costs.

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