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Russians hit fake 'inflatable HIMARS', running out of expensive missiles - Polish MiG-29s in Ukraine

The Czech Republic is "extremely active", not only helping Ukraine with weaponry but including targets with "inflatable decoys".

According to a foreign media outlet, a company from Děčín is manufacturing inflatable "decoy" targets that look like HIMARS and M270 MLRS missile launchers for Ukraine.

According to the manufacturer, thirty-five "decoys", including HIMARS, are produced monthly. These "decoy targets", disguised as real HIMARS, exhaust Russia's expensive missiles.

This revelation exposes the Russian military, which boasted that it had eliminated a record number of HIMARS on Ukrainian soil. "So it's easy to calculate that, 40% will probably be some kind of baits," said company representative Děčín.


These supposedly game-changing systems have pushed the Russians to hit targets behind the front lines, but waste their state-of-the-art missiles on decoys. Russia has mostly used its long-range cruise missiles to destroy the HIMARS in question on Ukrainian soil.

"Even decoys are now an important weapon for the Ukrainians. It is used not only to confuse Russian attackers, but as a cheap target for Russian missiles and rockets, which cost up to thousands of dollars,” the spokesman said.

Ukraine has also created "decoy" targets that resemble the HIMARS MLRS using wood and other materials. The decoys were initially successful, spoofing at least 10 Kalibr cruise missiles after a few weeks in the field, the Washington Post previously reported.

The deployment of "decoy" missile systems is one of several asymmetric strategies the Ukrainian armed forces have adopted to counter an aggressor who is bigger and better equipped.

As for Ukraine, finding strategies to weaken and exhaust Russia's larger arsenal of rockets and missiles is essential for Ukraine's smaller military in a protracted artillery battle.

Additionally, it has been reported by Ukrainian and Western intelligence agencies that the stockpile of Russian precision-guided missiles is steadily declining. A military analyst at the Institute for Foreign Policy Research, Rob Lee, reported that "A Kalibr missile fired at a dummy HIMARS target in a field is a missile that cannot be used against a Ukrainian city."

As the war enters its second year with no end in sight, Russia targeting the HIMARS MRLS systems also underscores the importance of these advanced systems that Washington provides on the battlefield.

Ukraine to receive 28 MiG-29 fighters from Poland

In the context of how Ukraine is rapidly losing its fighter aircraft, as evidenced by the documented events of the destruction of Ukrainian Su-25 attack aircraft, MiG-29 and Su-27 fighters, as well as Su-24M bombers, Poland announced that it intends to transfer 28 of its MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine. Information on this issue was announced by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda.

According to a foreign media outlet, Warsaw will transfer all MiG-29 fighters in service with the Polish Air Force to Ukraine, provided that NATO countries organize the supply of Western warplanes to Ukraine.

As of today, even without Polish fighter jets, Ukraine can receive up to 18 Western-type fighters, however, if Poland starts supplying fighter jets to Ukraine, the situation for Russia will become much worse.

In the first days after the start of the NMD, Ukraine lost most of its combat aircraft, but later, thanks to the restoration of some of them, it was able to provide itself with a small aviation reserve.



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