Several pieces of military equipment were hit on the airfield in the Kursk region. The strike was carried out by Australian-made SYPAQ cardboard drones.
The RBC-Ukraine publication, citing its own sources in the Security Service of Ukraine, reported that four Su-30SM fighters and one MiG-29 were destroyed. SYPAQ drone hit two Pantsir-S1 air defense systems and radars from the S-300 surface-to-air missile system. The Pantsir is a Russian short-range air defense system known by its NATO code name the SA-22 Greyhound.
The fighter jets were parked on the airfield when the drone struck them with 5km payloads. Global Defense Corp was able to confirm information on the use of SYPAQ.
The source says 16 drones were used, of which 13 hit targets. At the same time, the well-known Russian Telegram channel Fighterbomber writes that the Ukrainian Defense Forces used Australian SYPAQ drones.
According to the Russian telegram channel, the drones were struck in two configurations: with and without explosives. Moreover, they were not launched from the territory of Ukraine. The drones are made of cardboard and bypass the Pantsir air defense system.
The Ukrainian Defense Forces received the Australian drones in early 2023. SYPAQ has a maximum payload capacity of 5kg and can stay in the air for 1-3 hours depending on the weight of the payload. It has a maximum range of 120 kilometers.
The Australian Army has partnered with the Defence Innovation Hub in awarding an Army Innovation Day contract to SYPAQ to develop and demonstrate a next-generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aerial system (UAS) called the Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS), for use by Australian soldiers.
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