Ukrainian GMLRS missile damages a Russian 92H6E radar system

Social media has recently been awash with a picture allegedly showing the aftermath of an attack on a Russian 92N6E radar system. This wreckage purportedly resulted after an attack near Kremlinna. The “Grave Stone”, as the 92N6E is commonly known, forms an integral part of the SA-21 “Growler” missile defense system [S-400 Triumf], or even the long-range SA-10 air-to-ground missile system [S-300]. The 92N6E represents a significant technological leap from its predecessor, the dated 30N6E from the Soviet era, boasting superior missile range and digital proficiency. 

Ukrainian GMLRS missile damages a Russian 92H6E radar system
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The initial report from a Ukrainian source suggests that the Ukrainian military targeted the radar and support vehicles of the Russian air defense system. The radar and command center of either the S-300 or S-400 systems were in battle-ready positions, thereby becoming strategic targets for the opposition. 

According to our trusted military sources, Ukrainian forces used reconnaissance drones to pinpoint the location of the adversaries. The assault was conducted near a hilly terrain. The precise hit on the Russian air defense components was achieved through the launching of GMLRS missiles from the American M142 HIMARS rocket artillery system.

92N6E radar system
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About 92N6E radar system

The 92N6E radar system consists of several key components. The primary component is the phased array antenna block, capable of rotating to provide full 360-degree coverage. Additionally, the system comprises a command post vehicle, a power supply vehicle, and an auxiliary vehicle. The command post vehicle houses control and data processing equipment, while the power supply vehicle furnishes the necessary power for the radar system’s operation. 

This radar system functions by dispatching a signal that rebounds off an object in the sky and returns to the radar setup. The time it takes for the signal to return enables the radar system to determine the object’s distance. The system can also ascertain the object’s speed and trajectory by examining the change in frequency of the rebounded signal, a phenomenon known as the Doppler Effect. 

Furthermore, the 92N6E radar system is proficient at tracking up to 100 targets simultaneously and can guide up to 12 missiles toward six targets concurrently. With a detection range of up to 400 kilometers and the capability to detect targets at altitudes of up to 27 kilometers, this system proves to be a highly effective tool for air defense.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

Russia announced that it had destroyed two US-made HIMARS MRLs
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Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.

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