Russia May Use Antiquated An-2 Biplanes to ‘Draw Out’ Ukrainian Air Defenses

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File image of an Antonov An-2 biplane, NATO reporting name “Colt”, that might be utilized as drones over Kyiv. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Satellite Photos Show Cold War Era Biplanes on Seshcha Airbase Near Ukrainian Border.

In a unusual relocation that appears more at house in a Tom Clancy unique, Russia might be preparing to usage old Antonov An-2 biplanes, flying unmanned or as drones by remote control, in an effort to draw out Ukrainian air defenses and develop an electronic “order of fight” in preparation for a push into Kyiv.

Satellite images taken inbetween Feb. 28 and leading up to the past 24 hours program a considerable number of Antonov An-2 single-engine biplanes, NATO reporting name “Colt”, at Seshcha Air Base in Dubrovka, Russia. The base is situated near the eastern Ukrainian border and was utilized as a Tu-16 tactical bomber base throughout the Cold War.

Intelligence analysis offered by Maxar, a personal satellite images and intelligence think tank business, in their March Situation Report stated that:

“Russia hasactually released 42 An-2 “Colt” biplanes to Seshcha Airbase in Western Russia. Defense blogwriter Dylan Malyasov keptinmind in a February 2022 shortarticle that Russia hadactually been justrecently screening An-2 flight developments near the Ukrainian border. The An-2s have mostlikely been transformed to drones and might be utilized as decoys to imitate helicopter or UAV developments to draw out Ukraine’s air defenses. Malyasov note that Azerbaijan used this technique versus Armenia with excellent success in the 2020 dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh. Electronic warfare airplane have likewise been released to Seshcha, joing the fight airplane released in mid-February.”

Satellite reconnaissance picture of Russian Antonov An-2 biplanes parked on a taxiway at Seshcha Airbase in Russia simply throughout the Ukrainian border. (Photo: from MAXAR Satellite Imaging). In the box, the post by Defense Blogger Dylan Malyasov with a video allegedly revealing screening of An-2 flight developments near the Ukrainian border.

The report went on to state that, “Additional battle airplane haveactually been released to Shatalovo Airbase in western Russia [just north of Seshcha- ed], which is revealing a 3X boost in numbers because early February.”

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio likewise pointed to the possible conversion of An-2 to drones, pointingout the exactsame numbers consistedof in Maxar report.

In western #Russia #Putin hasactually released 42 An-2 “Colt” biplanes & a 300% boost in fight airplane

There are indicators the “Colts” might haveactually been transformed to drones for usage as decoys to trigger an air defense action from #Ukraine that would recognize their place

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 2, 2022

The old however still capable Antonov An-2 biplane is well matched to this objective since of its big radar signature and low-speed flight qualities integrated with low expense (read: “expendable”). The An-2, as old as it is in both innovation and look, is a cost-efficient alternative to contemporary fromanotherlocation piloted airframes like Russia’s justrecently evaluated Inokhodets-RU unmanned aerial lorry or the older KRONSTADT ORION-E fromanotherlocation piloted airplane.

Actually, it’s not even clear how the An-2 drones would be ran by the Russians (provided that the conversion is verified): for circumstances, in the Nagorno-Karabakh theatre, the Azerbaijani biplanes were not actually drones (i.e. fromanotherlocation piloted), however simply unmanned, according to the reports: the pilot took off typically, pointed the airplane at Armenian positions and then locked the airplane’s manages utilizing belts. After that the pilot bailed out to security letting the unmanned aircraft fly straight towards Armenian systems, requiring the opponent soldiers to open fire therefore revealing their positions.

Anyway, it looks like, as the next round in this terrible war continues, big numbers of unmanned biplanes over 3 quarters of a century old may be utilized in the opening round of an offensive on Ukraine’s capital.


Tom Demerly is a function author, reporter, professionalphotographer and editorialist who hasactually composed shortarticles that are released around the world on,, Outside publication, Business Insider, We Are The Mighty, The Dearborn Press & Guide, National Interest, Russia’s federalgovernment media outlet Sputnik, and numerous other publications. Demerly studied journalism at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. Tom Demerly served in an intelligence event system as a member of the U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard. His military experience consistsof being Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia (Cycle C-6-1) and as a Scout Observer in a reconnaissance system, Company “F”, 425th INF (RANGER/AIRBORNE), Long Range Surveillance Unit (LRSU). Demerly is an experienced parachutist, holds innovative SCUBA accreditations, has climbedup the greatest mountains on 3 continents and wentto all 7 continents and hasactually flown numerous types of light airplane.

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