SynopsisMetinvest, with support from Rinat Akhmetov, has undertaken a unique initiative to create lifelike replicas of military equipment, including radar stations and artillery pieces, from plastic, plywood, foam, and metal. These mock-ups, numbering over 250, have become decoy targets for enemy forces, diverting expensive drone and missile attacks away from real equipment and safeguarding Ukrainian soldiers. In addition, Metinvest has devised "lancet catchers," mobile steel shelters that shield armored vehicles and halt enemy drones.ArticleIn a remarkable effort to protect Ukrainian soldiers and equipment, Metinvest, backed by Rinat Akhmetov, has embarked on a mission to produce highly convincing replicas of military hardware. These meticulous reproductions, crafted from materials like plastic, plywood, foam, and metal, include radar stations, artillery pieces, and various other equipment. With over 250 of these lifelike decoys already supplied to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the initiative has proven instrumental in safeguarding real assets.The concept of creating such psychological weapons emerged at the onset of the war and received personal support from Rinat Akhmetov. A team of skilled specialists dedicated over a year to perfecting these models, ensuring they closely mimic the appearance of genuine military equipment. Extensive research into the physical parameters of real hardware allowed Metinvest's experts to create detailed and authentic designs.The objective is to achieve a level of realism that can deceive even a discerning enemy. Success is gauged by the destruction of new models sent to the front, indicating their effectiveness as decoys.These innovative models not only replicate the appearance but also emit heat, making them convincing targets during both day and night, especially under the gaze of thermal imagers.Metinvest has also introduced another ingenious defense tool known as "lancet catchers." These mobile shelters, measuring 10 meters in length, five meters in width, and five meters in height, weigh around a ton. Constructed with a steel frame and camouflaged metal mesh, they can be quickly deployed to camouflage and shield various equipment models in combat positions, including self-propelled artillery, tanks, and transport vehicles. The "lancet catchers" have proven highly effective at halting enemy drones and safeguarding equipment.The ease of installation and reusability of these mobile shelters make them invaluable on the front lines. Metinvest has already delivered 32 "lancet catchers" to critical areas.Transporting these equipment replicas to the front is equally straightforward, with assembly taking as little as 20 minutes for an artillery cannon.Oleksandr Myronenko, Chief Operating Officer of Metinvest, emphasizes the company's commitment to saving and protecting lives. Their evolving line of products, from bulletproof vests to steel shelters, additional armor, replica military equipment, and now "lancet catchers," reflects their dedication to helping the Ukrainian Armed Forces counter a cunning adversary.ConclusionMetinvest continuously enhances its equipment replicas, adding new types of weapons to its arsenal of copies. The measure of their success is not in the number produced but in the number destroyed, as the sooner their models are neutralized, the safer it is for Ukrainian soldiers. In their relentless effort, the fragments of intercepted threats bear testimony to Metinvest's invaluable contribution to Ukraine's defense.