Latest large-scale attack on Ukraine cost Russia at least US$1.27 billion

Friday, 29 December 2023, 12:16

Russia has spent at least US$1.273 billion on its latest large-scale attack on Ukraine on the night of 28 December and early 29 December.

Source: Ekonomichna Pravda’s estimates based on information from the Ukrainian Air Force

Infographics: Ukrainian Air Force Command

The Russians launched a total of:

36 Shahed-136/131 kamikaze UAVs;

at least 90 Kh-101/Kh-555/Kh-55 air-to-ground cruise missiles;

8 Kh-22/Kh-32 cruise missiles;

14 S-300/S-400/Iskander-M ballistic missiles;

5 Kh-47M2 Kinzhal aerial ballistic missiles;

4 Kh-31P anti-radar missiles;

1 Kh-59 missile.

The Kh-47 Kinzhal hypersonic missile is estimated to cost US$10 million or more, with the total cost of 5 launches being US$50 million.

As per information from open sources, Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 loitering munitions cost from US$20,000 to US$50,000 per unit. That is, at least 36 of these UAVs cost US$720,000.

Forbes estimates that the cost of a Kh-101 missile equals US$13 million, making the total cost of the deployed missiles US$1.17 billion.

The cost of a Kh-22 missile is estimated at US$1 million, totalling US$8 million that the Russians used for their attack.

An Iskander-M ballistic missile is worth US$3 million, and the total cost of all launched missiles of this type reaches US$42 million.

Moreover, based on other Forbes data, the cost of a Kh-31P and Kh-59 missile stands at US$0.5 million each, bringing the total cost to US$2.5 million.

Therefore, Russia wasted a total of US$1,273,220,000 worth of missiles and drones for its attack on Ukraine on the night of 28 December and early 29 December.

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