Watch: S-300PM2 Favorit shooting down Bayraktar TB2 UCAV – MoD
MOSCOW ($1=61.53 Russian Rubles) — The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation shared a video on its Telegram channel about how the air-missile defense system S-300PM2 Favorit shot down Bayraktar TB2 UCAV over Ukraine. [Read: Bayraktar TB2 MALE unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV)]
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“Technology has not failed and will not fail,” the Russian ministry said in a statement. “During the combat duty, air targets identified as Bayraktar TB2 drones were detected. As a result of competent actions, the strike drones of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were intercepted and destroyed,” the statement concluded.
The video shows the preparation before the launch of the 5V55R missile from the S-300PM2 Favorit air defense system. This is followed by the launch of the missile and its rapid approach to an air target, which is located approximately 45 degrees to the right of the 5V55R missile. However, the expected frame of the collision between the two air objects is interrupted and immediately follows a frame of a falling object from the sky.
The S-300PM2 Favorit is part of the large S-300 family of the Russian Armed Forces. The S-300PM2 Favorit is probably the only S-300 system whose missiles are designed to carry nuclear warheads. S-300PM2 Favorit launches 5V55R missiles, which have a maximum range of 90 km and have a terminal semi-active radar homing [SARH] guidance mode.
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.
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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