Russian Tactics Revealed: Wooden Drones Outsmart Ukrainian Defenses

Analysts revealed that employs an unconventional tactic in its ongoing conflict with Ukraine by using wooden drones to confuse Ukrainian air defense systems.

The wooden drones, built by BLITZ Aircraft Unmanned, are constructed using a combination of wood, extruded polystyrene foam, and secured with masking tape. These decoy drones feature a mix of Chinese-manufactured engines and electronics, incorporating both low and high-tech components.

Impressively, these ‘low-tech' wooden drones boast a payload capacity of up to 22 pounds and possess an extended range exceeding 600 miles.

Recent reports have shed light on Russia's use of these affordable, disposable drones during attacks aimed at outsmarting Ukrainian air defenses.

By diverting attention away from cruise missiles and Iranian-made Shahed kamikaze drones, the wooden drones serve as effective distractions, enabling the aforementioned weapons to strike their intended targets with greater precision.

This strategy is not entirely novel, as the Russians themselves encountered similar wooden drones back in 2018 during a series of mass assaults on their Khmeimim air base and naval facility at Tartus, located in Syria.

Now Russia is implementing the same tactic against Ukrainian forces, underscoring the importance of the innovative use of drones during the conflict.

Russia's use of wooden drones to mislead and divert Ukrainian air defense systems represents a unique and unexpected strategy in the ongoing war.

Wooden drones in greater detail

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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