Russia Deploys Missile Decoys in Ukraine


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On March 14, the New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence officials found decoy devices among Russian missiles fired into Ukraine. These decoys were released by Iskander-M short-range ballistic missiles, which Russia has fired on Ukraine from mobile launchers within Ukrainian territory. The decoys are filled with electronics and generate radio signals to throw off radars seeking to detect the incoming missile. The devices also generate heat that attracts missile interceptors targeting the Iskanders. 

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Matt Gluck, "Russia Deploys Missile Decoys in Ukraine," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 15, 2022, last modified June 1, 2022, https://missilethreat.csis.org/russia-deploys-missile-decoys-in-ukraine/.