- Hans Weber
- December 6, 2023
Russian Air Defenses Intercept Drones Near Moscow, Temporarily Disrupt Airport Operations
Russian air defenses successfully intercepted and downed two drones over the Moscow region during the night, in addition to neutralizing two more drones over the Bryansk region, according to a report from the TASS news agency. These incidents prompted the temporary suspension of operations at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo airports, presumably due to the presence of the drones.
Videos circulating on social media captured the apparent explosion of one of the drones near Moscow’s Krasnogorsk area. The explosion generated a pressure wave that shattered windows in an apartment building and caused damage to vehicles, as reported by Andrei Vorobyov, the governor of the region.
Later in the day, authorities informed the TASS news agency that flights in the waiting zones at Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports had resumed. However, Vnukovo Airport remained closed for a period. Approximately two hours later, it was reported that Vnukovo Airport was reopening. The official reason for the airport closure was not provided, but it’s noteworthy that Moscow has previously closed its airports in response to perceived drone threats.
In recent times, Moscow has faced a growing number of such incidents involving drones. Russia has attributed these occurrences to Ukraine, with which it has been engaged in a conflict for nearly eighteen months. Ukraine typically refrains from commenting on these alleged drone attacks.
The interception of drones near Moscow’s airports highlights the security challenges posed by unmanned aerial vehicles and the need for robust defenses against potential threats. The temporary disruption of airport operations also underscores the impact that such incidents can have on critical infrastructure and public safety. As both governments continue to navigate their complex relationship, incidents like these serve as a reminder of the broader regional dynamics at play.
Article by Prague Forum