Ukraine to receive Strela-3 MANPADS, 9K33 Osa, and S-300 SAMs

KYIV, ($1=29.40 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Soviet-era anti-aircraft systems will be sent to Ukraine to counter Russian air raids, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned. The information was reported by Jim Sciutto, CNN Anchor & Chief Nat Sec Correspondent.

Ukraine to receive Strela-3 MANPADS, 9K33 Osa, and S-300 SAMs
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According to Sciutto’s tweet, the ground-to-air missile systems and anti-aircraft systems are SA-8 [9K33 Osa – a highly mobile, low-altitude, short-range tactical CAM system], SA-10 [S-300 – a long-range SAM system], SA-12 [S-300V – a long-range SAM system] and SA-14 [9K34 Strela-3 – a man-portable air defense missile system or MANPADS]. Sciutto claims that this delivery is with the assistance of the United States and NATO allies.

Also, US President Joe Biden announced additional aid to Ukraine in the form of direct military supplies worth $ 800 million, bringing the amount given by the United States to Ukraine since the beginning of Biden’s presidency increased to $ 2 billion.

US Stinger air defense system 'sting' more seriously than the Russian 'needle'
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The new aid to Ukraine includes the deployment of 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems; 2,000 Javelin, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons, and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems; 100 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems; 100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns, and 400 shotguns; over 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenade launcher and mortar rounds; 25,000 sets of body armor; and 25,000 helmets.

9K32 Strela-2 MANPADS (SA-14)

This weapon is a legend. He has participated in 30 regional conflicts and wars around the world. The 9K32 Strela-2 MANPADS has been in production since 1968 and is still in use today. It was designed four years earlier.

9K32 Strela-2 MANPADS has a diameter of 72 mm and weighs between 10 and 15 kg depending on the variations. The maximum range varies from 3,700 to 4,200 meters. The maximum speed of the projectile can reach 500 m / s at a height of up to 2,300 meters.

Germany donates Soviet-made 9K32 Strela-2 MANPADS to Ukraine
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The warhead of the missile fired by 9K32 Strela-2 MANPADS weighs exactly 1.15 kg. The warhead is exploding with directed energy.

9K33 Osa CAM system (SA-8)

Ukraine to receive Strela-3 MANPADS, 9K33 Osa, and S-300 SAMs
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9K33 Osa is a highly mobile, low-altitude, short-range tactical surface-to-air missile system developed during the Soviet era in the late 6’s and early 70’s of the last century. The system has extensive proven combat experience, having participated in almost all military conflicts from the 1980s to the present day, including the recent military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, and the Libyan civil war in 2020.

According to unofficial information, a total of 1,200 units of this system have been built. It is powered by a D20K300 diesel engine, which provides a top speed of 80 km / h. 9K33 Osa weighs 17.5 tons and includes a crew of 5 soldiers. The armament of the 9K33 Osa consists of 6 9M33, 9M33M1, 9M33M2, or 9M33M3 missiles that ensure an operational range of 30 km. Currently, 9K33 Osa is in service in 24 countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

S-300 (SA-10) and S-300V (SA-12) SAMs

Ukraine to receive Strela-3 MANPADS, 9K33 Osa, and S-300 SAMs
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Although they share a family, the S-300 and S-300V differ, and the differences between them are palpable. First – S-300 is a wheeled mobile anti-aircraft system, while S-300V is a chain air defense system. If the first is designed to quickly deploy large areas, the second is designed to accommodate hard-to-reach places.

Russia's S-300B4 missile system will be able to shoot down hypersonic missiles
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The fact that the S-300 was built by Almaz and the S-300V by Antey does not matter. However, the missiles used are important. The S-300BV is designed to provide better and higher air defense through the 9M82 and 9M83 missiles, which have the main purpose of countering cruise and ballistic missiles. The 9M83 [SA-12A Gladiator] missiles have a maximum range of about 75 km [47 miles], while the 9M82 [SA-12B Giant] missiles can hit targets of up to 100 km [62 miles] and altitudes of about 32 km 20 miles. In both cases, the warhead is about 150 kg.

Ie The S-300 is designed primarily to counter fighter jets, while the S-300V focuses on missile countermeasures. For this reason, both missile systems share different radar stations. However, experts say that the search and tracking systems of the S-300V are much more in demand for purchase than those of the S-300. For example, while both have a mechanical scanning target capture radar [9S15 BILL BOARD A], only the S-300V can do this automatically.

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