The Russian Defense Ministry reported an attack Tuesday involving eight drones, with five of them shot down by air defenses and the other three suppressed by electronic warfare systems.
Some were downed in the elite Moscow suburb of Rublyovka, which is in close proximity to one of President Vladimir Putin’s official residences, Russian lawmaker Alexander Khinshtein said earlier Tuesday.
The drones, which Moscow claims were Ukrainian, that attacked Moscow probed Russia's air defense vulnerabilities, said unmanned aviation expert Denis Fedutinov, who has been quoted frequently by state news agency TASS in the past.
"The aim of the raid was probably to ferret out the Moscow air defenses and reveal their vulnerabilities. Apparently, several objectives were pursued. Primarily, testing various unmanned systems in practice. Secondly, looking at the efficiency of using several drones at a time," he explained, according to TASS.
CNN is not able to independently verify those assessments. Ukraine has denied any direct involvement in the attack.
Fedutinov alleged that aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) weighing up to several dozen kilograms and featuring the canard aerodynamic design were used in the drone attack on Moscow. He told TASS that the combustion engine used in such UAVs enables them to perform quite lengthy flights, including the capacity to reach Moscow from Ukrainian territory.
"This UAV model could have been created both directly in Ukraine — the country has specialists and the workforce capable of coping with this task — and could represent an imported civilian drone bought on the open market and adapted for combat use," he said.