Missile Shtil shot down a Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 UAV near Crimea

MOSCOW, ($1=83.26 Russian Rubles) — The crew of the Russian Black Sea Fleet frigate off the west coast of the Crimean peninsula destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle Bayraktar TB2, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the statement of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.

Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2s hit Russian EW and Buk-M2 SAM systems
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The target was destroyed by the launch of two missiles from the Stil anti-aircraft missile system. UAVs conducted reconnaissance of the actions of the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, as well as the coastal and ground positions of military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces, located on the Crimean peninsula and in southern Ukraine.

Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles with increased control range
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The Shtil-1 anti-aircraft missile system

The medium-range multi-channel anti-aircraft missile system “Shtil-1” is designed to destroy all modern air attack weapons at medium ranges and target altitudes from 5 m to 15 km.

The complex was developed by the Moscow Research Institute of Radio Electronics “Altair” and is a further development of the M-22 “Uragan” air defense system. The 9M317ME anti-aircraft guided missile, which is part of the Shtil-1 complex, was created by the Dolgoprudny Research and Production Enterprise [DNPP] and unified with the missile of the Buk-M2 and Buk-M3 land-based air defense systems. The complex was first demonstrated at the international exhibition Defexpo India 2004.

Missile Shtil shot down a Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 UAV near Crimea
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A distinctive feature of the new version is the use of anti-aircraft guided missiles with a vertical under-deck launch, the use of multifunctional radars with phased antenna arrays, and control computing tools with an open architecture, branched mathematical, and software.

SAM “Shtil-1” is a system capable of controlling attached firepower and solving the problem of air defense of the ship [connection of ships] as a whole. This makes it possible to integrate the “Shtil-1” complex into the composition of local, regional, and federal systems of a higher hierarchical level, as well as to introduce other complexes into its composition to coordinate their actions when organizing shipboard air defense systems.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Ukraine got Polish RPG-76 Komar - superb against APCs and IFVs
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Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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