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Putin's Plunder: Russian Forces Capture British 'Banshee' Kamikaze Drone, Uncover Technological Secrets

Russia Intercepts British 'Banshee' Kamikaze Drone, Gets Tech Secrets
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Russia claims to have intercepted this British-made Banshee kamikaze jet drone.

Feb. 22 2024, Published 11:03 a.m. ET

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Russian authorities have reported the interception of a British-manufactured drone, claiming to have extracted valuable intelligence from its systems.

According to the Kremlin’s FSB security service, the Banshee kamikaze jet drone deviated from its designated flight path during a mission, leading to its capture by Russian forces in the Novoazovsky district.

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The drone, which was later identified as a Banshee Jet-80, was allegedly equipped with a 7-kilogram warhead, neutralized by explosives experts following a controlled landing.

The Daily Mail reported that analysis of the UAV's electronic data revealed its intended target to be a significant civil infrastructure site in Mariupol, Ukraine.

However, specifics regarding the capture method or the drone's precise mission remain undisclosed.

Denis Pushilin, appointed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to lead the occupied Donetsk region of Ukraine, accused Western entities and their Ukrainian allies of conspiring to orchestrate a large-scale terrorist attack, intending to shift blame onto Russia.

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Pushilin asserted that coordinated efforts by Russian special services thwarted the alleged plot, preventing potential casualties.

The interception coincides with the United Kingdom's announcement of supplying drones to Ukraine, part of broader international support for the country's defense efforts.

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The Netherlands recently joined this military coalition, pledging advanced drones alongside existing contributions such as F-16 fighter jets and artillery.

Highlighting the geopolitical tensions, Dmitry Medvedev, an ally of Russian leadership, issued veiled threats against Western capitals, including Washington, D.C., Kyiv, Berlin and London.

Medvedev warned against any attempts to alter Russia's territorial gains in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, suggesting that such actions could provoke a global conflict involving Russia's nuclear capabilities.

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