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Russian troops paint decoy planes on airfields to deceive drones

Russian troops paint decoy planes on airfields to deceive drones Russian troops create decoy planes on airfields (photo:

Russian forces are reportedly employing a deceptive tactic by painting decoy aircraft on airfields in an attempt to confuse and mislead drone strikes, according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

Satellite imagery published on December 29 reveals that Russian military personnel created decoy aircraft markings at the Primorsko-Akhtarsk airbase. Analysts suggest this tactic is likely employed to protect combat aircraft, such as the MiG-29 and Su-34, from drone attacks.

What proceeded this

Russian forces have previously attempted to devise effective means to protect their aircraft and helicopters on airfields from drone threats.

In the past, occupiers devised a novel method of protecting their aircraft from drone attacks using automobile tires. According to experts, these actions may serve not only to create an additional layer of defense against drones but also to reduce the visibility of aircraft, especially during nighttime.

It has also been reported that Russian military personnel paint silhouettes of strategic bombers like the Tu-95 at the Engels airbase in Russia. On one of the painted aircraft, they even depicted tires to make the decoy more realistic.

Destruction of Russian aircraft

On December 22, Ukrainian Forces managed to destroy three Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers in the Kherson region within a day. On December 24, Ukrainian air defense forces also eliminated another Su-34 and one Su-30 of the Russian occupiers.

Analysts from the Institute for the Study of War confirmed that after the Ukrainian Defense Forces neutralized several fighter jets, Russian aggressors reduced the pace of their operations on the eastern coast of the Kherson region.