Russia Is Building ‘Ghost Bridges’ With Radar Reflectors In Ukraine

PHOTO © 2022 PLANET LABS INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRINTED BY PERMISSION.After two strategic bridges in occupied Kherson were crated by Ukraine, Russia deployed radar reflectors as a crude and puzzling countermeasure. The post Russia Is Building ‘Ghost Bridges’ With Radar Reflectors In Ukraine appeared first on The Drive.

Russia Is Building ‘Ghost Bridges’ With Radar Reflectors In Ukraine
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Kherson Bridge Radar Reflectors
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The battle for bridges continues in Ukraine with newly obtained satellite imagery revealing that Russian forces have situated a long array of pyramidal radar reflectors in the water near the recently cratered Antonivskiy Bridge and an also recently cratered nearby rail bridge, both of which cross over the Dnipro River. The bridges are vital spans that are critical to supporting Russia’s occupation of Kherson in southern Ukraine. 

Days ago, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data revealed what looked like a pontoon bridge being constructed alongside a rail bridge just up the river from Antonivskiy Bridge. But satellite imagery showed there was no pontoon bridge being constructed. Subsequent high-resolution satellite imagery obtained by The War Zone from Planet Labs now shows a large array of objects dispersed across the channel on the west side of the Antonivskiy Bridge. A smaller number of similar objects can be made out on the west side of the nearby rail bridge.

Video has also appeared within the last 24 hours of ferry operations alongside the out-of-commission Antonivskiy Bridge, with Russia moving critical military supplies and personnel, as well as civilians, across the river via this medium, all while an attempt to repair the damaged bridge is made. In the background, you can clearly see pyramidal radar reflectors spaced out alongside the span which matches what is seen in the satellite imagery.

Russia Is Building ‘Ghost Bridges’ With Radar Reflectors In Ukraine
Screenshot from a video posted to YouTube by The Telegraph showing a civilian ferry crossing next to Antonivskiy Bridge. Pyramidal radar reflectors can be seen in the background. Credit: The Telegraph/YouTube
Russia Is Building ‘Ghost Bridges’ With Radar Reflectors In Ukraine
Screenshot from a video posted to YouTube by The Telegraph showing a civilian ferry crossing Antonivskiy Bridge. Pyramidal radar reflectors can be seen in the background. Credit: The Telegraph/YouTube

So, it is clear that Russia has deployed these radar corner reflectors at both locations, making a ‘phantom’ bridge appear next to the real ones on satellite-based radar.

Since work on this article began, additional images have been published showing the reflectors:

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