Watch: A kamikaze-loitering drone attacks 155mm M777 howitzer

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MOSCOW, ($1=63.43 Russian Rubles) — A video has recorded an attempt by a Russian kamikaze drone to destroy at least one 155mm M777 howitzer pulled by the Ukrainian armed forces. However, the attempt was unsuccessful, as the loitering ammunition exploded meters from the howitzer. This forced the Ukrainian artillery battery to hide in the nearest forest, avoiding subsequent airstrikes.

Photo: YouTube

Ukraine has received a large number of towed M777 howitzers from the United States and Canada in recent weeks. Photos proving their loading on military vehicles were published by BulgarianMilitary.com. Just a few days ago, BulgarianMilitary.com published a video of the successful use of the M777 against the 152mm Russian 2S3 Akatsiya self-propelled guns.

The attack on the Ukrainian M777 artillery battery is not accidental. Less than 72 hours ago, a Pentagon official announced that the M777 played a significant role in Ukraine’s defense, and thanks to this howitzer, Ukrainian forces pushed Russian troops east and north of Kharkiv and even joined the attack on the occupied territories of Donbas.

Photo: US DoD

The use of a kamikaze drone or loitering ammunition by the Russian armed forces may be Russia’s first documented case. Until recently, Russia did not have such technology, but the Kalashnikov Group managed to conduct state tests in time [2021] and deliver the first quantities to the Russian army [2022].

The video cannot identify the Russian kamikaze drone, but ZALA Aero [a Kalashnikov subsidiary] has developed a domestic and export version of KUB – loitering ammunition. Its dimensions are 1210×950×165 mm and can carry a 3 kg payload.

KUB is a silent drone because it is powered by electricity. It is designed to strike manpower, military infrastructure, and armored combat vehicles: tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and more. According to the characteristics provided by ZALA Aero, the drone can reach a top speed of 130 km / h and stay in the air for 30 minutes.

About M777 155mm towed howitzers

M777 155mm is an American howitzer, which has been in service since 2005. Australia, Canada, India, Saudi Arabia, and the United States are currently the operators of this type of artillery. 155mm M777 is manufactured by BAE Systems. This howitzer has taken an active part in the war in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. Separately involved in hostilities in Iraq, Yemen, and Syria.

Photo credit: Wikipedia

155mm M777 weighs 4,200 kg and is 10.7 meters long. The crew that serves the howitzer consists of eight soldiers. Its caliber is 155 mm and fires projectiles M107, M795, ERFB, M982. The shells fly at 827 m/s. Depending on the type of projectiles used, the operational range of the howitzer is different: from 24 to 40 km.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Photo: Uralvagonzavod

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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