Gepard Anti-Aircraft Systems now in the fight

The first, or at least among the first, images of a Flakpanzer Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun donated by Germany in Ukrainian service appeared online on August 25. automatic cannons that exhibit a formidable air defense capability against low-flying Russian air threats and can also be used against ground targets.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says half of Germany’s pledged 30 Gepards are already in Ukraine, while the German military is actively training Ukrainian soldiers in their use at a training center near Putlos in the north of Germany.

In June, Berlin released a detailed list of military assistance it was sending to Kyiv and said it was donating 30 Gepard armored self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, including around 6,000 rounds of anti-aircraft ammunition. This number has likely increased because these rapid-fire systems burn through ammo very quickly.

Built on the chassis of the Leopard 1 main battle tank – which Germany also considered sending to Ukraine – the vehicles first saw service in the 1970s. The Gepard was retired from German military service in 2010, making them readily available air defense assets that could be transferred to Ukraine. Their twin autocannons, which can be radar-guided or manually-aimed, can fire a variety of anti-aircraft munitions, including air-burst types. They can also fire high-explosive armor-piercing rounds against tanks and other ground targets, making them a very versatile weapon system that will bolster the country’s low-altitude, short-range air defense capabilities.

The vehicles are likely welcome in a country that experiences daily Russian airstrikes, including cruise missile attacks. Towards the front lines, they could be very effective against low-flying helicopters and fixed-wing attack aircraft, and especially in shooting down drones.

Before we get into the latest details, readers can familiarize themselves with our past coverage of the conflict here.

The Russian threat of missile strikes on Ukrainian cities reached a new high on August 24.stIndependence Day saw 189 air raids, a slew of missile strikes and the bombardment of 58 populated areas where “dozens” of civilians were killed, according to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry.

Power to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was cut off at least twice on August 25 and was completely isolated from the power grid. Without external power, the plant might have to rely on diesel generators to cool the reactors, which is not ideal, especially in terms of the potential for overheating if these generators malfunction or are damaged. Considering they exist in an active Warzone, that’s definitely a problem.

The Russians were also accused of using the power plant as an artillery base. Russia has accused Ukraine of targeting the installation with its artillery.

The cause of the power outage is not known, but Kyiv Independent The media attributed the blackout to Russian artillery shelling in the area.

This bombardment appears to have caused forest fires near the power station, which could also have led to an interruption of electrical service.

Several hours later, external power was restored. Yet, as Ukrainian authorities told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), external power was only restored to the last available connection.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky later explained how the power failure at the plant came close to disaster.

“If the diesel generators had not ignited, if the automation and our personnel at the plant had not reacted after the power failure, we would already be forced to overcome the consequences of the radiological accident,” said Zelensky said in a statement.

Since February, around 80,000 Russian troops have been killed, injured or deserted from their units, US Undersecretary of Defense Colin Kahl said. cited as told. This is an incredibly high attrition rate for six months of war, especially after WWII. Consider that the US military estimated that Russia had massed around 190,000 troops around Ukraine before the February invasion, The New York Times reported then, and this was considered by some to be a high estimate.

To fill its ranks, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on August 25 to recruit 137,000 additional soldiers into the army. This should expand the service to 1.15 million troops.

Putin’s army also lost a significant amount of weapons and equipment in six months of hard fighting. To bolster its stockpiles of weapons, Moscow is now turning to Iran, which has begun delivering ‘hundreds’ of stray munitions, also known as suicide drones, for use in Ukraine, according to columnist David Ignatius written in the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces are doing their best to prevent Russian weapons and troops from reaching the eastern front lines. On August 25, they again hit the Antonovsky Bridge near Kherson with long-range artillery fire. The bridge is an essential Russian supply route for its troops north of the Dnipro river and therefore a juicy target which the Ukrainian HIMARS batteries have repeatedly damaged without yet cutting the span.

Russia continued to try to both repair and circumvent the bridge itself. The video below shows ongoing Russian efforts to establish a pontoon bridge and ferry service alongside the bridge.

A largely intact AGM-88 high-velocity anti-radiation missile, or HARM, has been captured by Russian forces in Ukraine. Radar-seeking missiles are designed to eliminate the tracking networks governing Russian air defense systems. Identifiable pieces of HARM ammunition have been found previously, but this is one of the most complete missile frames ever seen in the conflict, so much so that its year of manufacture – 1991 – can be read on the side.

“We provided them with … HARM missiles, and we had adapted those missiles to be able to fire the MIG-29,” Kahl said. “The Ukrainians have used HARM missiles in recent weeks very effectively to eliminate Russian radar systems.”

Britain has announced it has signed a joint action plan with Ukraine to restore the battered nation’s transport networks. The UK will offer its expertise in rebuilding airports, runways and ports, and will work with Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure to identify training opportunities for airport staff, air traffic controllers and security airline, the British government said in a press release.

London has also committed £10m to support Ukraine Railways, a plan previously announced by the Prime Minister at the G7 summit in June to repair and revamp Ukraine’s grain transport infrastructure as part of of the Black Sea Grains Initiative. So far, the initiative has released 721,449 metric tons of cargo from 3 Ukrainian ports.

Another new vehicle system seen for the first time on the ground in Ukraine is Australia’s Bushmaster Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle, or MRAP. The one pictured below is armed with an EOS R400-Mk2 remote weapon station with a US-made Mk. 19 Mod 3 automatic grenade launchers.

In another stunning sequence, two Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopters were filmed flying very low. The helicopters sport two different paint schemes, the first in a standard European green camouflage livery with two white stripes on the tail boom. This paint scheme was seen on US-donated Mi-8/17 helicopters that were originally purchased for the Afghan Air Force and redirected to Ukraine after Afghanistan fell to the hands of of the Taliban. The tail helicopter in the video wears a digital camouflage paint scheme typical of Ukrainian Air Force rotorcraft.

Flying low and fast is a tactic used to evade enemy air defenses, but puts the aircraft and crew at a much greater risk of hitting terrain or obstacles. Note the tight space between helicopters and power lines, which are a very serious hazard to low-flying rotorcraft and very difficult for pilots to spot.

As the war drags on, disapproval of anything Russian continues to spill over into the West. Former Soviet republics like Latvia, now a member of NATO, are shedding the emblems of Russian imperialism. An 80-meter monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers of World War II was demolished in Riga, the Latvian capital, on Thursday.

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