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Nov 10, 2023

Ukraine's US Bradley Armored Vehicles Survive Russian Lancet Drone Strike

One of the benefits of US and NATO supplied armor and other weapons is that they are better designed than the legacy Soviet models both the Ukrainians and Russians have been using. 

Survivability is a crucial feature because it not only allows for repair but also saves the lives of the experienced and expensively trained fighters using them, providing a key asset providing competitive warfighting advantage. JL 

Brendan Cole reports in Newsweek:

A clip posted on Telegram shows aerial footage of a Lancet drone hitting a Ukrainian US-supplied Bradley infantry fighting vehicle and the explosive aftermath. The Ukrainian military vehicle remains intact after the blast. Bradleys can carry several military personnel and are equipped with a 25 mm cannon. It is an improved version of the Bradley M2A1 with "enhanced vehicle survivability," The infantry fighting vehicle has "outstanding survivability, mobility and lethality." Bradleys have been a welcome addition to Ukraine's armed forces

Video shared on social media shows the moment a Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) strikes a Ukrainian military vehicle supplied by the U.S., which remains intact after the resulting blast.

The clip posted on the Telegram channel of Voenniy Ocvedomitel (Military Informant) shows aerial footage of what is described as a Lancet drone hitting the vehicle and the explosive aftermath,


"Strike of the new 'Lancet' with target acquisition on the American M2A2 Bradley ODS-SA infantry fighting vehicle [IFV] with BRAT remote sensing," said the post, which added the hit was on the front of the vehicle. "This time it is possible to record an accurate arrival at the target without deviations," added the post, noting the video was courtesy of Black Hussars, the channel of Russia's 15th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Alexandria Brigade.

Bradleys have been touted as a welcome addition to Ukraine's armed forces, after the Biden administration approved in January the dispatch of 50 of the IFVs as part of a $2.8 billion package to help Kyiv fight Russian aggression.

They are believed to have entered combat duty in Ukraine in April, according to images on social media. On June 13, the U.S. Department of Defense announced more of the Bradley M2A2 IFVs would be sent to Ukraine.

Bradleys can carry several military personnel and are equipped with a powerful 25 mm cannon. Manufacturer BAE Systems says the infantry vehicle has "outstanding survivability, mobility and lethality."

First introduced in the U.S. Army in 1988, it is an improved version of the Bradley M2A1 with "enhanced vehicle survivability," according to military website Army Recognition.

Meanwhile, Russia is said to be launching a new version of the Lancet drone, with Russian sources claiming that the "Izdeliye-53" version of the UAV has been in use since around October 21, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has said.


Milbloggers say that newer versions of these drones have an "automatic guidance system," which can distinguish types of targets, making them more effective "for mass synchronized swarm strikes" the think tank added.

Russian media have reported that the production of the Lancet-3 loitering munition has been stepped up with state television reports in July showing a huge new facility.

Drones have been an important factor in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with the Iranian-made Shahed loitering munitions deployed by Moscow regularly targeting civilian infrastructure.


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