The Russian military will equip its anti-drone units to physically take down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Izvestia revealed, citing sources.

The outlet didn’t specify whether the units will add armed drones to its ranks or deploy standalone systems for the purpose.

Current mobile units are only capable of electronically jamming UAVs, the Russian outlet added.

Contract Soldier Units

The Russian military established the units in January to provide non-stop protection to military bases in the southern and eastern military districts. 

According to the outlet, the new units will be staffed by contract soldiers and be deployed in the rest of the country. The outlet added that the soldiers have undergone “special training” for the purpose.

The decision to add teeth to the anti-drone units comes amid reports that Ukrainian forces have inflicted significant damage to the Russian military during the ongoing conflict, significantly slowing Russian military…