72mm Piorun MANPADS may have shot down the Su-35 over Ukraine

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KAWASAKI, ($1=123.74 Japanese Yens) –There is a claim that the Polish man-portable air-defense system [MANPADS] Piorun [meaning “thunderbolt” in Polish] may have shot down the Russian 4.5 generation Su-35 fighter on April 3 in the Izyum region, learned BulgarianMilitarians.com.

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Takahashi Kosuke suggests that the Polish Piorun surface-to-air missile could shoot down a Russian fighter, especially if it was flying at a low altitude. Takahashi Kosuke is a Japanese journalist from Kawasaki City who writes for the Japanese version of Yahoo News. Former editor-in-chief of HuffPost Japan. He graduated from Keio University School of Economics in 1993 and graduated from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and SIPA in 2004.

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So far, there is no definite confirmation as to whether a portable surface-to-air missile system or an anti-aircraft missile system shot down the Russian fighter jet. However, Piorun MANPADS can take down low-flying aircraft, airplanes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles. There are reports from the Armed Forces of Ukraine that this system shot down at least one Su-24 attack aircraft and one subsonic, single-seat, twin-engine Su-25 aircraft, as well as a Mi-24 helicopter [watch the YouTube video] during hostilities in the country. against Russian troops.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the Polish government delivered to the Armed Forces of Ukraine Piorun MANPADS, but so far did not want to disclose the exact number of units that were sent to Ukraine. The delivery was made in early February.

What is Piorun MANPADS?

Piorun MANPADS is a new, deeper modernization of the famous Polish PPZR Grom. From 2019 he is officially in service in the Polish Army, and from this year through donations to the Army of Ukraine. The combat debut of Piorun MANPADS in real military action took place in the war in Ukraine. The system has been in production since 2016.

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Piorun MANPADS is a 72mm system weighing just over 16 kilograms. The missile alone weighs 10.5 kilograms and the warhead nearly 2 kilograms. The operational range of the missile is 6.2 kilometers. It is powered by a solid-fuel rocket engine. It can fly at a maximum altitude of 4 kilometers and travels 660 meters per second. Directed via the infrared system.


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