The Russian Defense Ministry has strengthened the protection of Crimea with 2A65 MSTA-B howitzers, long-range artillery has already entered service with the units deployed on the peninsula. Sources in the military department told Izvestia about this.
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MSTA-B can fire not only conventional shells, but also ultra-precise corrected ammunition Krasnopol with laser guidance, for target designation of which the Orlan-30 drones are used. Such weapons with high accuracy hit any targets at a distance of tens of kilometers, which means they will reliably cover the coast of the Crimea and become a threat to enemy warships.
Earlier, Krasnopol and Orlan-30 were successfully tested in Syria. In addition, the drones showed good results at the Center-2019 exercises.
“In conjunction with UAV target designators, the Krasnopoli are especially effective. Previously, it was necessary to have a gunner near the target. This is far from always possible, especially if the object is behind enemy lines. You cannot “illuminate” the ship with a laser when it is far from the coast. Now, on a dangerous mission, you can send a drone from the LCC: ground obstacles and terrain will not interfere with it, “military expert Dmitry Boltenkov told Izvestia.
Colonel Vladimir Anokhin, vice-president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, noted that the Russian group in Crimea is constantly growing in proportion to the increasing activity of the United States and NATO. This process is accelerated by flights of US Air Force strategic bombers B-52 in the Black Sea.
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