Russians lost a critical state-of-art Repeynik radar station

In a recent turn of events, Russia’s high-tech Repeynik radar station in Ukraine was obliterated. Ukrainian sources confirm that it was the resourceful Defense Intelligence Service of Ukraine [DIU] that engineered a drone strike on Russia’s extremely sophisticated anti-drone radar – Repeynik. A video clip, alleged to document the exact moment of the destruction of this Russian military asset, has since surfaced online. 

The operation was reportedly led by fighters from the Husy 9 group, in a coordinated effort with the active operations unit of Ukraine’s defense intelligence. The Defense Ministry of Ukraine also disclosed that Russian forces began the deployment of the portable Repeynik radar just this year, in 2022. This piece of radar technology carries a staggering price tag of approximately 10 million rubles, equating to roughly $100,000.

This technology remains a novel addition to the Russian military’s amenities. However, they are progressively harnessing its latent capability and learning how to extract maximum value from it. The radar system, aside from its anti-drone features, also boasts the ability to detect people and vehicles. Its compact size allows for transportability and ensures it can operate under any weather conditions. 

Russians lost a critical state-of-art Repeynik radar station
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Engineered to detect and track minute objects, the Repeynik [Burdock] radar delivers superior performance, covering a range of up to 10 km. It flaunts an impressive altitude reach of up to 5 km and can swiftly track speeds of 150 km/h. Regardless of the environmental or climatic conditions, the Repeynik operates efficiently, whether stationed at the seaside or inland. A remarkable feature of the radar is its versatility in energy sourcing. Whether powered by an electrical grid or a car, it provides up to eight hours of intensive operation.

Weighing a mere 25.5 kg, Repeynik stands as a lightweight contender in its league. Despite its size, it packs a substantial punch with its capability to track up to 256 objects simultaneously. What sets this radar entity apart is the absence of a ‘dead zone’, a common drawback observed in its counterparts. 

The compact design of Repeynik allows for rapid deployment within five minutes, ensuring its efficiency in a wide range of locations and combat scenarios. Its components can be concealed using various camouflage techniques, including coatings resistant to IR cameras. The station’s concealment is further heightened by its narrow scanning beam, which lowers the risk of being targeted by anti-radar missiles. This makes it an invaluable asset, empowering assault and reconnaissance groups to work effectively in enemy territories or conflict zones.

Russians lost a critical state-of-art Repeynik radar station
Photo credit: Dzen

When it comes to target tracking and analysis, it’s designed to be user-friendly, showcasing a contemporary graphical interface. This permits integration with topographic maps. The comprehensive software supports numerous operating systems and hardware, allowing simultaneous reception and processing of information from several integrated stations within a single network. 

The station boasts the capability to detect a wide array of targets – from stationary unmanned aerial vehicles, such as those hovering, to moving people and vehicles. It also facilitates storing data trajectories for later examination and analysis.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

Russians lost a critical state-of-art Repeynik radar station
Photo credit: Dzen

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.

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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