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Russian Lancet drone destroys first French-delivered Ukrainian CAESAR 155mm howitzer

As the war continues in Ukraine, a significant incident has transpired that underscores the growing potency of modern warfare technologies. According to a video published on social networks on June 23, 2023, the first Ukrainian CAESAR 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzer donated by France was destroyed by a Russian Lancet loitering munition in the Zaporizhzhia Oblast.
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In this image, we illustrate the attack by the Russian Lancet drone on the Ukrainian CAESAR 155mm self-propelled howitzer. (Picture source Screen Shot Video Footage)

The video reveals an intense confrontation between the Russian Lancet drone and the Ukrainian CAESAR 155mm self-propelled howitzer in stark detail. The CAESAR's driver, exhibiting quick thinking and precision, performed an evasive maneuver to dodge the initial drone attack. This action, however, caused the vehicle to veer off the road. In this vulnerable state, a second Lancet drone swooped in for an attack, succeeding in destroying the advanced artillery piece.

The Lancet loitering munition, known colloquially as a 'kamikaze drone,' is designed to identify, engage, and destroy targets with lethal precision. Capable of hovering over a target area for an extended period, it waits for the optimal time to strike, illustrating the convergence of intelligence, surveillance, and lethal force in a single system. This incident underlines the drone's effectiveness against ground-based weaponry, regardless of their technological sophistication.

France and Denmark's defense ministries have reported that Ukraine has received substantial support in terms of advanced military hardware. Denmark provided 19 CAESAR 8x8 artillery systems, while France contributed 30 CAESAR 155mm self-propelled howitzers in a 6x6 configuration.

The CAESAR system is renowned for its mobility, firepower, and range. The howitzers, deployed in the expectation of enhancing Ukraine's defense capabilities, were thought to provide a critical advantage against Russian military operations. However, the recent event underscores the capacity of Russia's drone technology to counteract such advanced ground-based armaments.

While the loss of the howitzer is a setback, Ukraine still has a significant number of these advanced artillery pieces in its arsenal. But this incident raises fresh questions about the evolving dynamics of modern warfare and the balance of power in the region.

According to our latest information, Russian forces have reportedly already destroyed one CAESAR howitzer, and two other howitzers of the same type are believed to have been damaged

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