A Swing and A Miss: Russian Air Defense System Fires and Fails

This footage depicts a Ukrainian drone operator utilizing a FlyEye reconnaisance drone in the Donetsk region. The crew of a Russian Strela-10 notice and fire on the drone, but fail to bring it down. Presumably as a precaution against attack or kamikaze drones, one of the Russian crew is shown running away from the Strela-10.


The Strela-10 (NATO reporting name: Gopher) has been in service since 1976. It is visually aimed and intended for low-altitude targets such as helicopters. Its primary weapon, the 9M37 missile, has a maximum engagement range of 3 miles and maximum altitude of 11,500 feet.


The Ukrainian Fly Eye drone is a hand-launched, man-portable drone primarily used for surveillance and targeting for indirect fire. Its maximum altitude is around 13,100 feet and its flight time is around 2.5 hours.

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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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Published 7 months ago

This footage depicts a Ukrainian drone operator utilizing a FlyEye reconnaisance drone in the Donetsk region. The crew of a Russian Strela-10 notice and fire on the drone, but fail to bring it down. Presumably as a precaution against attack or kamikaze drones, one of the Russian crew is shown running away from the Strela-10.


The Strela-10 (NATO reporting name: Gopher) has been in service since 1976. It is visually aimed and intended for low-altitude targets such as helicopters. Its primary weapon, the 9M37 missile, has a maximum engagement range of 3 miles and maximum altitude of 11,500 feet.


The Ukrainian Fly Eye drone is a hand-launched, man-portable drone primarily used for surveillance and targeting for indirect fire. Its maximum altitude is around 13,100 feet and its flight time is around 2.5 hours.

About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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