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Targeting like Tomahawk missiles: analysts have revealed the ultimate advantage of Ukrainian long-range drones

Ukrainian long-range drones use the DSMAC system, which is found in missiles such as Tomahawk and Storm Shadow. But domestic developers expanded it with the help of modern technologies. This system allows you to completely ignore enemy EW devices, orient yourself on the terrain and attack with extremely high accuracy.

This is stated in the analytical review of the military portal Defense Express. Experts have revealed the superiority of Ukrainian long-range drones, which, in particular, attacked a plant in Yelabuz, Russia on April 2.

Analysts noted that when it comes to long-range drone strikes at a distance of more than 1,200 km, an important element of such attacks is navigation. After all, in such a case, the UAV must fly a difficult route, bypassing air defense zones.

In the case of Russia, satellite navigation will not help the Ukrainian drone much, because it is vulnerable to electronic warfare devices, and the Russian Federation has invested huge amounts in EW. Even before the full-scale invasion, whole “EW fields” were created on the territory of Russia to suppress satellite navigation within the borders of the regions.

In addition, the enemy also created stationary EW complexes of the “Tobol” type. One of them is located in the Kaliningrad region, it is he who creates constant problems with GPS in Europe. The Russian Federation also declared similar capabilities for the powerful “Murmansk-BN” EW.

That is why Ukrainian drones use a well-known system called DSMAC, analysts note. But, according to them, Ukrainian developers have created a new version of this system with much wider capabilities.

DSMAC itself appeared back in the 80s and 90s on such missiles as Tomahawk and its essence is that a reference image of the terrain, which has an exact reference to coordinates, is placed in the projectile's memory. As the missile flies, it takes a photo of the surface and compares it to a reference image.

However, at the time the DSMAC system was created, there were significant memory and computing power limitations.

< Today, developers have the opportunity to download the entire route into the drone's memory, and thanks to modern object recognition algorithms, the system can fully orient itself in space, experts note. on the final section of the route, "teaching" it to recognize a specific object, thanks to the model of the target embedded in the memory.

Such technology, which is also used in the Storm Shadow cruise missile, allows Ukrainian drones such , such as “Lyut”, to attack not just an oil refinery, but rather primary oil processing installations, experts explain.

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