Y’know…. I saw that one too - about “the cheap Russian drone with a moped engine!!!” that had a four cylinder 550cc boxer engine. That certainly is NOT a moped engine. Mopeds are mostly 50cc to about…what? Say, 125cc? In the real world, 550cc is a small midsize motorcycle engine. That engine configuration is also a very popular one … for small aircraft. I just wrote the whole thing off to shitlib media incompetence but then I saw why they reported things that way. Now it makes sense: the new narrative was that those things are harmless jokes, slapped together by some filthy illiterate sand rat in Iran, to be launched by drunken Russians at Ukrainian shopping centres and school yards. Mopeds are generally seen as unserious machines. I should have seen the play, here… but this old beardo saved the day! The old bugger is often worth listening to. Those Iranian drones are cheap, but highly effective. It makes sense that the establishment would try to misrepresent them. Up to 65kg of high explosive, a proven engine design with a beautiful power/weight ratio engine? Yep…these are serious weapons. The Ukrainian power grid will be toast if the Russians decide that is the way they want to go.
And I kept quiet when the usual suspects laughingly reported that Nestor and Pyotr are shooting them down with small arms fire. It didn’t occur to me that doing so results in the missile falling on top of whatever is below it when it gets shot down. That may be a real bad idea in a big city…
This is the hell of fighting with Russians that the west doesn’t get: with Russians….EVERYTHING is a weapon. I remember some famous blunders made by the NATO tall foreheads that had them doing the ol’ face/palm thing. Back in the day, Ronald Reagan was thinking about space based weapons and killer satellites. The Russians laughed. “We’ll send up a bag of sand, in a counter-orbit. We’ll see how your billion dollar satellite does against a bag of rocks, gravel, and sand moving at 27 times the speed of sound…”
And so it goes. American astronauts use a pen in space that cost millions in R&D to develop. The Russians cosmonauts used pencils. Narratives are great for influencing the cool kids and the politicians and flatterers that pander to them… but in the real world? They are not of much use.