Watch: 72mm 9K38 Igla MPADS shot down Russian Ka-52 helo – 93rd MB

KYIV ($1=29.46 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Ukraine’s 93rd Mechanized Brigade [MB] claims to have shot down an attacking Russian Ka-52 Alligator helicopter during hostilities in Ukraine using man-portable air defense systems [MANPADS or MPADS] 9K38 Igla, which is Soviet-made. The 93rd Brigade distributed a video claiming to have recorded the helicopter crash.

Watch: 72mm 9K38 Igla MPADS shot down Russian Ka-52 helo - 93rd MB
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There is no official information from the Russian authorities. So far, BulgarianMilitary.com cannot confirm the truth of the statement. However, the 93rd Brigade claims that the video shows part of the unit’s mobile group and that Ukrainian intelligence confirms the information. The 93rd Brigade says that two Ka-52 helicopters flew in the area where the mobile group operated, one was shot down.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that since the beginning of the war, several countries have decided to empty the old warehouses with Soviet weapons and hand them over to the Ukrainian armed forces. For example, Germany donated several thousand Strela-2 MANPADS units, while the United States funded donations to similar Soviet systems and their variations from other countries and former Soviet bloc members.

About 9K38 Igla

The 9K38 Igla, also known by its NATO name as SA-18 Grouse, is a Soviet man-portable air defense system that entered service in 1981 and continued to be manufactured, sold, supplied, and modified during Russia. So far, 9K38 Igla has been involved in 14 military conflicts. Currently, 17 countries operate 9K38 Igla, and at least as many are said to want to buy it.

Watch: 72mm 9K38 Igla MPADS shot down Russian Ka-52 helo - 93rd MB
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The entire missile system weighs 18 kg, while the missile itself weighs 12 kg. The missile system is 1,574 m [5.16 ft] long. The rocket has a diameter of 72 mm. Combat heads 1.17 kg. having 390 grams of explosives. The detonation mechanism is of the contact and grazing fuze type. After launching from the rocket tube, the rocket is powered by a solid-fuel rocket motor.

Depending on the modification, the missile has an operational range of 5 to 6 km and flies at a maximum altitude of up to 3.5 meters. The missile reaches a maximum flight speed of 1.9 Mach, which is about 570 m / second. The missile is directed via dual waveband infrared.

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.

Watch: 72mm 9K38 Igla MPADS shot down Russian Ka-52 helo - 93rd MB
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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.

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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