Watch: Russian kamikaze drone hit Ukrainian S-300 air-defense system
MOSCOW ($1=61.93 Russian Rubles) — A Russian loitering munition [kamikaze drone] has destroyed a Ukrainian S-300 air defense missile system. Video footage from the camera of the kamikaze drone and from the camera of a surveillance [reconnaissance] drone recorded the impact.
The video footage shows that there is no secondary detonation of the containers [launchers] that store and launch the missiles. One possible reason is that they were empty. A still shot of the moment before impact shows the system’s four pipes not looking the way they should. Some suggest the system may have been a decoy.
At this time, BulgarianMilitary.com cannot confirm when and where the Russian kamikaze drone struck the S-300. The editors cannot confirm whether the S-300 was a decoy or whether the launchers were loaded with missiles.
About the S-300 in brief
The S-300 is a Soviet-designed anti-aircraft missile system developed in the late 1970s. It is one of the most widespread Soviet air defense systems at the moment with at least 17 operators.
The S-300 has land and naval version. One of the land-based versions, the S-300PS/S-300PM, is the only one of the series to launch missiles with a nuclear warhead.
The S-300 is made up of a chassis carrying four single-missile launchers. There is a second chassis with a PESA [passive electronically scanned array] radar attached to the battery. The S-300 has an integrated fire control system. Except for one, all other land versions of the S-300 are integrated into wheeled chassis. The S-300V is the one that is integrated on a tracked chassis. Depending on the missile used, and with few exceptions, the standard S-300 missile system has a range of 100 to 300 km.
217 km striking
One version, the S-300V4, has made headlines in the Russian media over the past 48 hours. They claim that it was this missile that shot down two Ukrainian aircraft – Su-24 and S-27, responsible for several bombings of Russian military targets in the Belgorod region.
217 km was the range at which the two missiles hit the two fighter jets. This is a “record for the Russian Federation”, the media wrote, recalling that the last time the S-300 hit a target at a distance of 150 km.
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. Moscow also 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. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, 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. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via 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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