The Russian Iskander for three million dollars (CZK 69 million) actually hit the “bait” of IRIS-T. It included a “rotating radar” and cost around $10,000 (CZK 230,000), the Kyiv Post reported.
Russian war bloggers and the website LostArmour claimed the strike was proof that “lightning sometimes strikes twice”, explaining that the IRIS-T system was located in the same location as Ukraine’s recently destroyed S-300 air defense system.
According to the Kyiv Post, there really used to be a post of the Ukrainian air defense in the mentioned location, but it withdrew and a decoy – an IRIS-T model – appeared near the settlement of Lisne in the Kharkiv region, as the location was determined by the Russian army.
Mock-ups of advanced weapon systems using a wide range of waste materials are produced in Ukraine by the Metinvest steel company. They are so loyal that the Russian military spends money on missiles, drones and artillery shells to destroy them.
The main shareholder of Metinvest, whose portfolio includes the Azovstal steelworks in occupied Mariupol, is Ukrainian multi-billionaire Rint Akhmetov, who is the main investor in the successful “bait” project.