In September, Russia attacked Ukraine with 503 Shahed drones. This is the maximum since the beginning of the war, as calculated by the Ukrainian information and consulting company Defense Express.
The Ukrainian army managed to shoot down 396, or 78%, of them, which the company calls “a fairly high rate.” Ukrainian regions were subjected to Russian drone attacks for 19 days in September. In two of them, 44 drones were fired across Ukraine. On average, Russia launched 26 drones each time, according to the publication’s statistics.
The company notes that the real price at which Russia purchases Shaheds from Iran is unknown, but their estimated cost is from 20 to 40 thousand dollars. Thus, Russia could spend up to twenty million dollars on drone attacks alone, and in September alone. This is almost two billion rubles.
Defense against drones costs Ukraine more than the cost of drones. In September, it was $654 million, Defense Express suggests, based on the assumption that one drone is fired from NASAMS.