Russian Missiles In Ukraine Have A Failure Rate Of Up To 60%, Claims U.S. Officials

A missile is seen after a single shot, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Kharkiv


Russian -precision missiles failed up to 60% in Ukraine, three U.S. officials with intelligence knowledge of the issue told Reuters, a possible explanation for the poor progress of the Russian invasion.

Since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russia has failed to achieve basic objectives such as neutralizing the Ukrainian air force despite having a much larger armed force.

U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of information sensitivity, did not provide evidence to support the assessment and did not disclose what exactly drove Russia’s high missile failure rate.

Reuters could not independently confirm the figure.

While Reuters could not determine a standard failure rate for air -launched cruise missiles, two experts interviewed by Reuters said any failure rate of 20% and above would be considered high.

The Kremlin says that what it calls a “special military operation” will be planned and Russia will achieve all its goals. It makes the United States an “empire of lies” that has waged an information war on Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment immediately and suggested Reuters approach the defense ministry which did not immediately respond to phone calls and written requests for comment.

In recent days, Russia’s defense ministry has praised the professionalism and missile technology of the armed forces. It says the allegations of failure are misleading propaganda distributed by Russia’s enemies led by the United States.

Missile failure

U.S. defense officials told reporters this week that the Pentagon assesses that Russia has launched more than 1,100 missiles of all types since the war began. U.S. officials have so far not stated how many of them reached their targets and how many failed to do so.

Citing U.S. intelligence, three U.S. officials said the United States estimates that Russia’s failure rate varies from day to day, depending on the type of missile launched, and can sometimes exceed 50%. Two of them said it reached as high as 60%.

One official said intelligence showed that Russian air -launched cruise missiles had failure rates in the range of 20% to 60%, depending on the day.

Russia has been seen placing two types of air-launched cruise missiles in Ukraine, the Kh-555 and Kh-101, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies Missile Defense Project.

Failures can include anything from a launch failure to a missile that fails to explode upon impact.

The United States believes Russia fired an air -launched cruise missile from Russian airspace earlier this month when it attacked a Ukrainian military base near the Polish border, and one U.S. official told Reuters there was a very high failure rate during the attack. The attack killed 35 people, according to Ukrainian authorities.

Missile attacks have been a feature of Russian aggression, with Russia announcing attacks on military targets including weapons depots.

The invasion has killed thousands and driven a quarter of Ukraine’s 44 million people from their homes. The bombings have hit residential areas, schools and hospitals in Ukrainian cities including Kharkiv and the besieged port of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov.

Russia said the operation was necessary because the United States is using Ukraine to threaten Russia while Russian speakers are being persecuted in Ukraine. Moscow denies it is targeting civilians.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)


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