FAB-500M62 bomb’s blast wave ejects a Ukrainian all-terrain vehicle

KYIV, UKRAINE — In the Vuhledar region, Russian aviation is reported to be actively using FAB-500M62 bombs with a planning and correction [IPC] module. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the bomb was developed by the Russian State Scientific and Production Enterprise “Basalt”.

FAB-500M62 bomb's blast wave ejects a Ukrainian all-terrain vehicle
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A set of stabilizers and navigation devices GPS / GLONASS allow to turn of an ordinary aerial bomb into a high-precision one and increases its range to 40-60 km, depending on the mode and speed of the carrier aircraft.

The video shows the consequences of the arrival of an aerial bomb and an all-terrain vehicle of the Armed Forces of Ukraine thrown out by the blast wave in the area of Mine No. 1 in Southern Donbas.

Not for the first time

Reports of the use of aerial bombs began to arrive late last year. Since then, however, information has increasingly emerged, including photos of some unexploded bombs, which confirm that Russia is using a new tactic that is now not only a threat but also a major problem for Ukrainian defense.

10 Su-35s attack with bombs hidden beyond the range of air defenses
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The use of FAB-500M-62 is often talked about. It can be carried by almost any Russian fighter, not just the Su-35. To make it a wing bomb, the Russians sourced a set of guided wings. In principle, this is not new, the Western military also uses similar kits that turn dump bombs into smart aviation bombs.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Ukraine also receives similar equipment [set of wings]. This is the so-called JDAM bomb. There are even reports that the Ukrainian forces have already used this bomb against positions of the frequent military company Wagner in the Bakhmut area. However, also in this area, which is currently the largest battle of all since the start of the war, the Russian Air Force has provided air support to Wagner by dropping FAB-500M-62 bombs. There is photographic evidence of this, as well as claims from both sides of the conflict.

10 Su-35s attack with bombs hidden beyond the range of air defenses
Twitter screenshot

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.

10 Su-35s attack with bombs hidden beyond the range of air defenses
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