Russia Attacking Ukraine with Missiles Assembled from Cannibalized Parts: Media

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Russia Attacking Ukraine with Missiles Assembled from Cannibalized Parts: Media
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Russia is attacking Ukraine with missiles assembled from parts cannibalized from other missiles.

Moscow attacked Ukrainian targets in missile salvo launched from long range strategic aircraft such as the Tu-95 since last weekend.

Ukrainian military magazine Defense Express on May 1 said that at least one of 21 missiles shot down on April 28 was a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile which, ground searchers found, sported a fuselage painted not in Russian Air Force gray, but red; a color normally used by the Russian military to show a weapon is experimental.

Ukrainian technical experts, analyzing images of the missile debris, found mismatches between the serial numbers of the missile’s parts as well as anti-jamming and guidance components. It seems the missile was assembled in 2021, while the other parts indicated a date of manufacture of January 2023.

The Kh-101 cruise missile flies low to the ground to avoid radar detection with a 400-450 kg conventional warhead or a nuclear device with an alleged accuracy of 5-10 meters and a range of up to 2,500 km.

Russia reportedly had about 400 Kh-101 missiles in reserve when it started its war with Ukraine and had the capacity to manufacture a further 20 a month. Ukrainian military analysts, as per Kyiv Post estimate that the Kremlin has around 100 of the missiles left in inventory.

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