According to an exclusive report by Reuters, estimates by the U.S. Department of Defense show that more than 60% of the cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and other precision ammunition launched by the Russian military have not hit their targets since the Russian-Ukrainian war began a month ago.
Reuters confirmed the statistic through three anonymous Pentagon officials, pointing out that the low hit rate of Russian-guided missiles may explain why the Russian military has not been able to achieve some basic strategic goals since the start of the war, including suppressing the Ukrainian air force and air defense. system, etc.
According to data released by the Pentagon this week, the Russian army has launched nearly 1,100 precision-guided missiles of various types since the start of the war, and about 660 missiles have not hit their targets or exploded.
In the interview, a Pentagon official said that the US military has recorded relevant data on missile launches from both sides since the war began, while the accuracy of Russian missiles will vary every day, depending on factors such as the type of missiles launched on that day and weather conditions.
Among the more than 1,100 missiles launched by the Russian army, the Kh-555 and Kh-101 air-launched cruise missiles have the highest proportion, most of which are launched from the Russian airspace to Ukraine, and the error rate is between 50% and 60%, which is the standard of the US military. , the error rate of any precision ammunition is too high as long as it reaches more than 20%.
The Kh-555 and Kh-101 are improved versions of the Kh-55 air-launched cruise missile launched by the former Soviet Union in 1983. The projectile is 745 cm long, 51.4 cm in diameter, weighs 1.65 to 2.4 metric tons, and has a range of 600 to 3,000 kilometers. Can be mounted and launched by Tu-95, Tu-160 bombers and Su-34 fighter-bombers.
Although the improved cruise missiles such as the Kh-555 have advanced active radar, terrain profile comparison and infrared guidance systems, and the equipment is not far from the U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile, after a month of actual combat, the guidance There still seems to be a lot of issues to be resolved on the system side.
However, Pentagon officials have not disclosed relevant supporting information, and Moscow has not yet responded to Reuters inquiries, so this data is still subject to follow-up verification.