The Russian army continues to advance in the Donbass. According to a military expert, the German self-propelled howitzers in eastern Ukraine are not safe from a Moscow weapon.
Munich/Lysychansk – Tactical retreat in the Donbass: The situation of the Ukrainian armed forces in the war against Russia in the east of the country continues to deteriorate. The government of President Volodymyr Zelenskyj recently put the ratio of the artillery systems at allegedly 1:20 – from the point of view of the defenders. The western defense alliance NATO around the USA reacts.
Ukraine war: Russian artillery shell “Krasnopol” causes concern in Donbass
France will deliver six more Caesar howitzers to the Ukrainian army, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday (June 30). And: After the NATO summit in Madrid, Germany promised three additional self-propelled howitzers 2000, after just seven examples of the self-propelled Bundeswehr gun have arrived in the war zone.
But according to a military expert, none of these western arms deliveries are safe from a secret grenade from the Russian army of Moscow ruler Vladimir Putin: the Krasnopol.
It is a precision-guided artillery shell fired from 152mm and 155mm howitzers. According to various reports, the Krasnopol can hit its targets with an accuracy of one meter. Ultimately, what makes them so incredibly precise has not been handed down.
“It is really impressive and effective. That quickly destroys what little support we send to Ukraine. If you take a look, for example, the twelve guns from Germany and the Netherlands,” explained Colonel Ralph Thiele in an interview t-online.
The Krasnopol grenade of Russia
The Krasnopol is a Russian-made precision-guided artillery shell fired from 152mm and 155mm caliber howitzers. After the artillery shot, stabilizing and steering wings unfold on the housing.
When approaching the target, the grenade automatically steers towards a target point marked by a laser. The projectile has a range of up to 20 kilometers and an accuracy of one meter.
Thiele continues in the video conversation with the news portal: “The analysis of American military experts is relevant to me, who (the Krasnopol, i. editor.) compared to US weapon systems. And there you see that, for example, laser control by drones compared to comparable American systems means that they (Krasnopol shells) are much more precise. Just one meter, while comparable American systems come to ten meters.”
Ukraine war: military expert sees artillery advantage in Russia – because of Krasnopol
That makes “of course a whole world,” says Thiele t-online: “So the Russians are bragging about something they can do.” Apparently, the Russian invading troops can mark their targets like tanks using drones.
When the Krasnopol was introduced in the mid-1990s, it still needed a forward artillery spotter to laser mark targets. However, the 1.3 meter long grenade has a considerable explosive power. According to Thiele, it is capable of destroying an entire bridge. (pm)
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