Ukraine - Russia Invasion conflict

According to a video published on the Twitter account "Ukraine Weapons Tracker" on August 1, 2023, Russian forces have destroyed the first Ukrainian IRIS-T SLM air defense missile system using Lancet-3 loitering munition. Citing information published by the German Ministry of Defense, the Ukrainian army has already received 2 IRIS-T SLM as well as air surveillance radar TRML-4D.

According to an article from The EurAsian Times on July 30, 2023, Ukraine recently launched two modified S-200 anti-aircraft missiles towards southwestern Russia, potentially indicating an escalation in missile attacks within Russian territory. This article aims to examine the potential advantages and disadvantages of employing these modified surface-to-air missile systems for engaging ground-based targets.

According to an article published by Politico on July 27, 2023, the United States is anticipated to begin delivering Abrams tanks to Ukraine in September. The tanks are intended to bolster Ukraine's military capabilities as it continues its counteroffensive efforts to reclaim territory from invading Russian forces.

On July 25, 2023, War Monitor tweeted about the sighting of a notable Russian equipment echelon advancing towards Ukraine, based on information from Russian sources. The echelon's composition was further elaborated by AFV Recognition, identifying some rare vehicles in the convoy. Along with a T-80BV main battle tank, these include a very rare VT-72 ARV (Armored Recovery Vehicle) based on the T-72 chassis, one very rare GT-MU light armored multipurpose transport vehicle and one BTS-4A ARV based on the T-44M.

In a tweet, NOEL reports on July 25, 2023, that a Russian R-330Zh Zhitel mobile electronic warfare system was located by a Ukrainian drone. Following this, the Ukrainian artillery carried out precision strikes, guided by the drone, resulting in the reported destruction of the Russian electronic warfare system. Remarkably, this marks the third reported instance of a Russian electronic warfare system being destroyed on the same day.

On July 24, 2023, Spain sent a new shipment of military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The delivery, consisting of various equipment and vehicles, including 4 Leopard 2A4 tanks, is expected to arrive in early August and will contribute to the strengthening of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

According to a video published on Telegram on July 23, 2023, Ukrainian soldiers of the K-2 combat group of the Ukrainian 54th separate mechanized brigade destroyed with a kamikaze drone one 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled mortar, one of the most powerful artillery systems of the Russian armed forces and the most efficient mortar system in the world, which has no equivalent in the world.

According to a tweet posted by PraiseTheSteph on July 20, 2023, the Ukrainian Army has conducted training exercises with the latest generation of locally-made 8x8 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), the BTR-4MV1. This vehicle, used by the 5th Brigade of the National Guard, represents an upgraded version of the BTR-4 model, boasting enhanced weapon systems and improved armor.

According to a video published on Telegram on July 23, 2023, finally, the Ukrainian army use conventional military tactics using American Bradley M2A2 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicles with Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) in a counteroffensive against Russian positions near the city of Zaporizhzhia, in southeast Ukraine. As a former NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) in an infantry mechanized battalion and CEO of Army Recognition Group, I explain in this article, the underlying principle of most modern military tactics which is a concept known as combined arms.

Based on a tweet by Getty on July 16, 2023, a recent Russian reportage from Rossiya 1 TV channel revealed significant developments in Russia's production of Lancet kamikaze drones. According to the coverage, Russia has tripled the production of Lancet kamikaze drones, indicating a substantial increase in their manufacturing efforts. The Lancet drone has undergone a transformative process, entering its next stage of development with remarkable advancements.

On July 20, 2023, amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, a tweet from Historical Firearms caught attention with a peculiar discovery, an M4 Carbine with a unique configuration. The photo showcased an M4 upper receiver combined with an M16A1 lower receiver, hinting at a possible hybrid prototype. According to the tweet, the weapon's serial number suggests a production date around 1974-1975.

According to an article published by TASS on July 19, 2023, the advanced T-14 Armata main battle tanks (MBT) have recently been used in combat by Russia's battlegroup South, as confirmed by a source from the Russian defense industry. While there is no visual confirmation available, this report could potentially be the first official acknowledgment of the deployment of the T-14 Armata in Ukraine to conduct combat operations. 

According to an article from Ukrinform published on July 13, 2023, Ukrainian artillery personnel from the Armed Forces of Ukraine deploys for the first time the 8x8 version of the CAESAR 155mm self-propelled howitzers to conduct combat operations against Russian forces, which was previously owned by Denmark's Defense Forces. This development occurred shortly after reports emerged of around 100 members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces undergoing training in Denmark to operate these self-propelled howitzers.

According to a tweet by UkraineWarVid on June 12, 2023, the Russian 8th Army still uses a heavily armed BMP-T Terminator for night operations to target the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Avdeevsky direction, a city in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. At a distance of 4km, they used the BMPT Model 2017 variant, which combines the mobility of a Main Battle Tank (MBT) with the firepower of an Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).

According to information and video released by the Russian Ministry of Defense on July 15, 2023, Russian forces have been utilizing the older D-20 152mm towed howitzer in conjunction with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to increase targeting accuracy. This novel tactic has allowed the D-20 to precisely target and destroy the M2A2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), providing high-precision fire.

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