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Sea drones pose a continuing risk for Russia

By Matthew Mpoke Bigg

18 Jul 2023 · 2 min read

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  1. Russia has accused Ukraine of using sea drones to attack the Kerch Strait Bridge to Crimea. The attack has highlighted the potential threat of these unmanned surface vessels, which can be hard to detect and can carry enough fuel and explosives to cause significant damage.

Moscow’s accusation that Ukraine used sea drones to attack and significantly damage Russia’s Kerch Strait Bridge to Crimea on Monday has put a spotlight on a weapon that could pose a particularly difficult threat for the Kremlin.

Depending on how they are operated, the boats, also called marine drones or unmanned surface vessels, can be hard to detect. They can carry enough fuel to travel far and enough explosives to detonate with power.

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