Russian sergeant struck a Su-25 aircraft just in seven seconds
MOSCOW ($1=63.88 Russian Rubles) — Seven seconds were needed for a Russian guard sergeant to intercept and shoot down a Ukrainian Su-25 attack aircraft. Sergeant Alexei Nemikin served as a guardsman in an air defense platoon. He is the operator of a portable anti-aircraft missile system. He tells Russian journalists about the situation in which the Ukrainian stormtrooper was shot down.
“I literally took down the target in seven seconds. Basically, if I don’t manage to do it in such a short time, the target just flies away,” Sergeant Nemikin said in a video released by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. For the downed Su-25, Nemikin was awarded the Order of Courage by Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin.
The Russian sergeant explains that long before the target approached his position, it was detected by a radar device. There were two Ukrainian targets, the first of which was shot down by his platoon leader [it was not disclosed what the target was], and the Su-25 “was handled by me,” Nemikin says. The sergeant then receives confirmation from the radar station that the Ukrainian Su-25 has been successfully shot down.
A second Su-25 in the sergeant’s list
Nemikin received a second order from the Russian Federation after it became clear that a second Su-25 was shot down by him, but this time by mortar fire. At that time there were two Ukrainian planes in the air. Its commander fired at the first one again, but it is not clear from the sergeant’s account whether the first target was shot down. However, his target, the second plane, was hit.
Sergeant Alexey Nemikin says that in such situations targets appear very quickly. If you don’t manage to deal with them within a very short time, they just leave and you’ve missed the mark. Nemikin says that in such situations you simply “work on autopilot”.
The Su-25 attack aircraft is the most downed in the war in Ukraine. Both from Russia and from the inventory of the Ukrainian Air Force. According to open sources, a total of 38 Su-25s were downed up to and including November 9. 15 Su-25s were Ukrainian and 23 Su-25s were Russian.
The Su-25 is a Soviet subsonic, single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft that is still in service in dozens of countries, most of which have limited defense budgets and retain the aircraft’s combat capability. In 1975, the Su-25 made its first test flight, and in 1981 it was officially introduced to the countries of the Soviet bloc. This aircraft has documented participation in almost all small and large military conflicts in the world: from the Soviet-Afghan war to the war in Ukraine in 2022.
The Su-25 is piloted by one pilot. The dimensions of the aircraft are as follows: Length: 15.53 m [50 ft 11 in] [including nose probe], wingspan: 14.36 m [47 ft 1 in], height: 4.8 m [15 ft 9 in], and wing area: 33.7 m2 [363 sq ft]. The aircraft is powered by two Soyuz / Tumansky R-195 turbojet engines, 44.18 kN [9,930 lbf] thrust each.
With one refueling, it can fly a distance of 1000 km, and the maximum speed that the aircraft can develop during the flight is 975 km / h [606 mph, 526 kn]. Its G limit is +6.5. The aircraft is armed with one 30 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2 autocannon with 250 rounds, SPPU-22 gun pods for two 23 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 autocannons with 260 rounds, an anti-radar missile, air-to-ground missiles, air-to-air and controllable bombs or free-falling bombs.
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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