Three $500 FPV drones damaged a modernized T-90A valued around $4.5 million near Bakhmut, Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense said on September 11, 2023.
Ukraine Ministry of Defense
Ukraine published a video on Monday that shows an attack on an advanced Russian T-90 tank.
The attack involved three off-the-shelf drones, which had explosives strapped to them, it said.
The video appears to show the drones chasing the tank before they eventually blow it up.
A video released by Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense appears to show three $500 Ukrainian hobby drones chasing a $4.5 million Russian T-90 tank before blowing it up.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, which shared the footage of the incident on X, formerly known as Twitter, said the operation was conducted by the country’s 3rd Assault Brigade in the eastern city of Bakhmut.
The attack involved three First Person View (FPV) drones, which had explosives strapped to them, the ministry said.
FPVs are cheap hobby drones that Ukraine is re-inventing to take out Russian equipment. They cost around $500 each, the ministry said.
The one-minute-long footage shows two Ukrainian soldiers sitting in a room controlling the drones from afar. They strike the tank, which appears to be hiding behind trees, two times with the drones, prompting cheers.
But the tank, which appears to be on fire, still attempts a getaway as it races away from its original position.
“Guys, the tank is escaping. The tank is escaping,” one of the men says in the video before a third drone strikes the tank, completely wiping it out.
You can watch the video here:
Ukraine is relying heavily on amateur drones that can be armed with a makeshift warhead to severely damage expensive tanks and weapon systems worth millions of dollars.
Russia has suffered huge equipment losses during its invasion of Ukraine, with visually documented losses of over 2300 tanks, per open-source tracking website Oryx.