Russian Air Force amasses formidable arsenal: 1,500 kg bombs overwhelm Ukrainian defenses

Su-35 - 1500 kg bomb carrier
Su-35 - 1500 kg bomb carrier

Russia has an “extremely large number” of 1,500 kg bombs capable of “destroying a nine-story panel house,” Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Illya Yevlash said on national television on Apr. 1.

The enemy is using "this extremely powerful weapon" to exhaust Ukrainian air defenses.

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The main objective of the Ukrainian armed forces is to fight the carriers of these bombs, in particular the Su-34 and Su-35 fighter jets. Yevlash acknowledged the challenges associated with this complex task, but expressed confidence in the Ukrainian military's ability to carry it out.

Kyiv needs more modern Western systems to bolster its air defense capabilities, he added.

On March 30, Russian Bild reported that Russian forces had deployed a powerful ODAB-1500 bomb in Ukraine for the first time, striking the town of Velyka Pysarivka in Sumy Oblast.

Following the strike, a smoke cloud billowed to a height of 1 kilometer, reported Bild military analyst Julian Röpcke.

The ODAB, or volumetric detonating aviation bomb, is a relic from the Soviet era. About 10 meters before impact, this bomb releases a combustible liquid in aerosol form, igniting upon contact, resulting in a volumetric explosion. These bombs primarily target enemy soldiers and lightly armored vehicles, delivering devastating blast effects.

Ukrainian military expert Oleksandr Kovalenko corroborates the deployment of this projectile. The Russians carried out its first verified usage in Sumy Oblast, he said in a comment to Ukraine's Channel 24.

ODAB-1500 bombs have been used more than once - both on the frontline and when the Russian Volunteer Corps and the Freedom of Russia Legion were in active operation (on the territory of the Russian Federation - ed.), the ODAB -1500 was also used there. So this is nothing new,” Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate’s (HUR) chief, Kyrylo Budanov, said on March 31.

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