British Stormer HVM was hit by Russian Lancet loitering munition
KYIV, UKRAINE — A UK-supplied Stormer HVM to Ukraine was hit and damaged by Russian loitering munitions. The Twitter account UAWeapons reported this today, March 11th. To his claim, the author attaches a video as proof.
The Russian drone is the Lancet. BulgarianMilitary.com is not the first to mention this drone. Since the start of the war, except for Iran’s Shahed series drones, the Lancet has been the best-performing drone in the Russian offensive in Ukraine. The second half of 2022 brought to light quite a few successful hits by the Russian drone.
This video shows the Lancet strike on the British Stormer HVM from the perspective of a second Russian drone. A second Russian drone, most likely reconnaissance and monitoring the battlefield, recorded the Lancet slamming directly between the chassis and turret of the Stormer HVM.
The video ends with a huge plume of smoke coming from the British war machine but does not show exactly what the British war machine’s losses are. The high speed of the incoming kamikaze is impressive.
What do we know about Lancet?
The Russian Lancet drone has parameters that are common for kamikaze drones. From what we know, Lancet’s wingspan isn’t long – barely one meter. The warhead, or more precisely, the payload carried by the Lancet is up to 3 kg, and the weight together with the payload is only 12 kg.
Lancet’s speed is impressive. In search or tracking mode, the drone can reach speeds between 80 km/h and 100 km/h. However, when the target is already intercepted, the drone increases its speed to 300 km/h to ensure greater efficiency of the damage it is expected to inflict. The drone is powered by an electric motor.
What do we know about the Stormer HVM?
The full name is Alvis Stormer military armored vehicle and it is a British original product. According to information from open sources, the British built only 220 units of this vehicle. It is still in service with the British Army, as well as in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Oman.
The Stormer HVM is powered by a single Perkins 6-liter, 6-cylinder diesel 250 hp [186 kW] engine. Its transmission is a David Brown T300, while the suspension is a torsion bar type. The maximum speed at which the British vehicle moves is 80 km/h, and the power is 21 horsepower per ton. With one tank of fuel, the Stormer HVM can travel a distance of 650 km.
The version delivered to Ukraine has weapons. It consists of a Starstreak short-range surface-to-air missile turret.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility. Russia claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers. They 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. 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, 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, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.
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