Mystery Munitions Being Found in Ukraine Finally Identified; Russia Has Been Keeping This Profound Capability Secret


    by Richard Bledsoe, Western Journal:

    In “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu stated, “All warfare is based in deception.”

    The timeless truth of that observation from a Chinese strategist of the 6th Century B.C. is on full display in the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia, with the discovery of a dangerous example of deception in contemporary warfare.

    To counter Ukrainian air defenses, Russia has been using short-range ballistic missiles that launch decoy munitions while carrying their deadly payloads. This innovation surprised Western observers, The New York Times reported on Monday.

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    Identifying the 16-inch long, dart-shaped objects recovered in Ukraine as part of a decoy system solved a mystery that began shortly after the invasion started in late February. At first, the strange recovered munitions were puzzling, as demonstrated in a Twitter post by CAT-UXO, a site identified by the Times as intended for “military and civilian bomb disposal experts.”

    As reported by the U.K. Daily Mail, missile decoys are known in military jargon as “penetration aids,” or PENAIDs, and were developed during the Cold War.

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