Debris reveals the `baiting` tactic that helped Ukraine conduct long-range raids on Russia

Debris reveals the `baiting` tactic that helped Ukraine conduct long-range raids on Russia 0

(Dan Tri) – Experts say that Ukraine seems to have used Mald `bait` missiles to increase the attack capacity of the Storm Shadow/SCALP long-range cruise missile line.

The debris is believed to be a Ukrainian Mald missile used as a decoy for Russian air defense (Photo: X).

Kiyv Post reported that since receiving British Storm Shadow and French Scalp missiles, Ukraine has carried out many long-range attacks against Russian strategic targets.

Ukraine announced that this line of missiles had hit a number of Russian targets in the Black Sea Fleet, warships in Sevastopol Bay, Saky base in Crimea…

According to observers, although Storm Shadow/SCALP is known as a powerful missile line that is difficult to intercept, the weapon’s relatively slow speed can penetrate Russia’s solid defenses in the area.

Clues to how the Storm Shadow/SCALP missiles were successfully targeted emerged when fragments of a small ADM-160 (Mald) air-launched decoy missile were discovered after Storm Shadow fired on three

Mald was built by Raytheon as an air-launched decoy missile, fired to confuse and distract enemy air defense systems.

Decoys are especially useful in attracting the attention of enemy air defenses, giving attacking aircraft and/or missiles a better chance of reaching their targets.

Mald navigates using a combined GPS and inertial navigation system.

The US and Ukraine have never confirmed that they used Mald in hostilities, but the Kiyv Post said debris from the Storm Shadow attack showed that Mald appeared to have been deployed.

According to observers, in some cases Russia claimed to have shot down Ukraine’s Storm Shadow/SCALP missiles, but it seemed that those weapons were Mald.

Both Russia and Ukraine have not commented on this information.

Debris reveals the `baiting` tactic that helped Ukraine conduct long-range raids on Russia

Mald missile (Photo: Raytheon).

Kiyv Post quoted a source as saying that all Mald missiles in Ukraine currently appear to be ADM-160B series that only emit passive signals.

Another mystery surrounding Ukraine’s use of decoy missiles is what platform they used to launch Mald.

The MiG-29 had previously been modified to carry AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missiles and JDAM long-range glide bombs.

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