—a serious shortage of counter-battery radars in Ukraine, UK Intel reports.

The United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence Intelligence has recently reported a worsening shortage of counter-battery radars within Russian forces operating in Ukraine. The critical radar in question is the Zoopark-1 1L219, a ground-based system capable of effectively detecting Ukrainian artillery and enabling responsive countermeasures. However, this essential resource is facing a scarcity, with only a few of the “originally deployed” Zoopark fleet remaining. The situation has been exacerbated by a recent radar loss near Russia’s 58th Combined Arms Army’s area in southern Ukraine, resulting in growing concerns over Russia’s artillery reconnaissance capabilities.

Sanctions Pose Roadblocks to Radar Replenishment

The latest UK report suggests that Russia’s ability to replenish its dwindling counter-battery radar systems is significantly hindered due to sanctions. With the loss of at least six Zooparks reported in March, it is likely that the country now possesses only a handful of these crucial radar units. The systems rely on high-tech electronics, the supply of which has been disrupted by international sanctions. This predicament places Russia in a challenging position as it struggles to maintain its artillery reconnaissance capabilities in the ongoing conflict.