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Feasible Russian-Operated Iranian Loitering Munitions Spotted In Ukraine

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Feasible Russian-Operated Iranian Loitering Munitions Spotted In Ukraine
The remains of a Shahed-136 loitering munition located in Ukraine.(Photo through Twitter)The remains of the munition were located in the Kharkiv Oblast simply couple of weeks after the reports regarding distributions of Iranian drones to Russia. Images arised online today show up to reveal a took off Iranian-made drone discovered in Ukraine. The images, initially uploaded on Twitter by a Ukrainian Explosive Ordnance Disposal professional, were absorbed the Kupyansk area, in the Kharkiv Oblast, as well as probably made use of by Russian pressures. Contrasting the pictures with readily available referral product, it shows up that the remains come from a Shahed-136 loitering munition or simply “straight strike munition” (because some resources state that this particular version does not have loitering capacity).

Very little is left of the blown up munition, with the exception of the wingtips and also some smaller sized items. The Shahed-136 is a flying wing with suggestion fence-type winglets, with a size of regarding 2.5 meters as well as a wingspan of 3.5 meters. The munition is claimed to consider about 200 kg as well as additionally it appears to be driven by a piston engine and also a rocket booster utilized for the launch, with a rate of concerning 185 km/h. Surprisingly, records claim that the MD550 engine discussed in the infographics is sourced on Aliexpress.

The wingtips reveal a distinction from the initial Iranian munition. Various other than the normal serial code (in this circumstances M214), the Russians used a name in Cyrillic, ГЕРАНЬ-2, which converts as Geranium-2. There are no records regarding Unmanned Aerial Systems in Russian solution with that said name, yet we can presume this name has actually been in your area related to the Shahed-136.

The munition was initially openly revealed in 2014 in the Great Prophet 17 workout, when the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps introduced 10 Shahed-136 artilleries from a truck-mounted containerized system. The munition has actually currently seen activity in the center East, significantly versus the vessel M/V Mercer Street in 2021 as well as the Saudi Aramco oil handling plant in 2019.

Some weeks earlier, Russian authorities were claimed to be checking out Iran and also, soon after, records arised concerning a feasible distribution of Iranian drones of numerous kinds to Russia. Iranian as well as United States authorities were mentioned validating the shipment, with the last claiming that Russia was obtaining thousands of drones from Iran, with training currently underway in July as well as shipments underway or ready to start in the exact same period.

About Stefano D’Urso Stefano D’Urso is a self-employed reporter as well as factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A grad in Industral Engineering he’s additionally examining to attain a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Digital Warfare, Loitering Munitions as well as OSINT strategies related to the globe of existing problems as well as army procedures are amongst his locations of know-how.

Ukrainian MiG-29s Are Hunting Russian Radars With AGM-88 HARM Missiles

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Ukrainian MiG-29s Are Hunting Russian Radars With AGM-88 HARM Missiles
File image of a Ukrainian MiG-29 Fulcrum.(Photo: Ukrainian MoD)In package

: an AGM-88 HARM projectile with its LAU-118A launcher.(Photo: U.S. Air Force) United States authorities validated that the AGM-88 has actually been incorporated on the Fulcrum to improve its SEAD abilities. The United States introduced one more safety aid bundle to sustain Ukraine, worth$775 million. Throughout the instruction with journalism on August 19, 2022, to review the components of the bundle, which is once again a governmental drawdown plan( the 19th because August 2021), the authorities validated that the U.S. provided AGM-88 High Speed Anti Radiation rockets to Ukraine which these are being used by the MiG-29 Fulcrum.

As you might recognize currently, on August 8, U.S. authorities stated they were helping the Ukrainian Air Force staying airborne as well as enhancing its capacities. Something that was currently done numerous months back was the purchase of “large quantities of various other points and also extra components” to maintain the MiG-29s flying for a longer time period, according to the rundown’s records.

In one of the governmental drawdown authority plans, “a number of anti-radiation projectiles that can be discharged off of Ukrainian airplane” were consisted of, yet no information were offered. In the exact same days, the initial images of particles left by HARM projectiles after ruining Russian radars in Ukraine emerged online. Various other images complied with in the adhering to weeks.

Several theories were given the table, however without additional information it was not feasible to establish where the HARM originated from. Currently, throughout the August 19 rundown, the authorities verified that AGM-88 rockets have actually been supplied, incorporated onto Ukrainian airplane and also efficiently utilized to look for and also ruin Russian radars, with extra rockets awaiting shipment.

“The airplane that they have actually incorporated it with is their MiG airplane. They have in fact efficiently incorporated it as something that we established would certainly be practically viable, as well as based upon that usefulness resolution, we offered them with this ability”, stated the authorities. Notification below the airplane being generically specified as “MiG airplane”. the MiG-29 has actually been clearly discussed throughout the instruction as well as, along with that, the Fulcrum is the only MiG version in solution in Ukraine.

Two (inert) AGM-88s. (Image credit scores: The Aviationist/Giovanni Maduli)

No information have actually been supplied regarding just how the rocket was incorporated on the MiG-29. As we currently discussed in a previous post, incorporating the projectile on the MiG-29 does not just imply strapping a LAU-118A launcher as well as the AGM-88 projectile to the MiG’s pylons, there is a whole lot even more job that requires to be done to incorporate them in the avionics as well as electric systems. An additional issue is exactly how the Fulcrum’s pilots will certainly do the targeting of the rocket, which generally takes place via a Multi-Function Display that can not be discovered in the MiG-29’s completely analogic cabin.

Some experts are recommending a remedy which includes a straightforward tablet computer connected to the rocket to do the targeting, perhaps via the HARM in sensing unit setting. As the name recommends, the projectile’s sensing unit offers the pilot with a checklist of emitters that are being spotted, where one is after that chosen for the rocket concerning to be released. An additional setting might be the Pre-Briefed setting, nonetheless it does not appear really sensible in a swiftly advancing battleground as the placement of the adversary radar is configured on the ground as well as can not be altered any longer by the pilot once the airplane removes.

The instruction likewise gave the reason the initial statement regarding the distribution of HARM projectiles was so obscure. “We do intend to take care regarding exactly how we speak openly regarding abilities that will certainly provide Ukraine a substantial crooked and also unforeseen benefit”, claimed the authorities. “In this instance, we have actually seen them utilizing it efficiently, so we are much more comfy reviewing it, however we are not divulging the certain varieties of projectiles.”

MiG-29s of the Slovak Air Force, which they may be turned over to Ukraine.(Photo
: Slovak Air Force) During the inquiry time, the subject of airplane shipment to Ukraine showed up once more,

with additionally a description for the AGM-88’s distribution. Reports regarding the feasibleshipment of F-16s, f-15s or a-10s were rather usual couple of months earlier, later on complied with by a report concerning Ukrainian pilots being educated on the F-16. Every one of them have actually been basically disproved, as well as a great factor has actually been offered in the rundown. “In the present, our emphasis has actually gotten on abilities that we can obtain them rapidly, that they can make use of in the existing battle in south and also currently eastern Ukraine”, stated the authorities.”So, in regards to aeronautics, we’ve concentrated on just how we can improve their existing airplane fleet. That’s where the HARM projectiles enter into play, providing that added benefit.” As you might picture, offering Western competitors to Ukraine is a prolonged procedure, with great deals of training included that might make it also much longer. Simply think about, for instance, the F-16 B-Course which is a 37-week lengthy training course. Usually, B-Course trainees log 70 hrs of flying time over 59 sorties along with approximately 245 hrs of scholastic training as well as 69 hrs of trip simulator training. This is additionally why airplane currently in solution in Ukraine are being favored, as maintainers as well as pilots are currently competent with them and also can obtain them at work instantly. One instance of this are the Mi-24 Hind assault helicopters given away by the Czech Republic as well as the MiG-29 Fulcrum competitor jets that Slovakia is taking into consideration to market to Ukraine later on this year. Back to the help bundle, along with the 2nd set of HARMs, the United States are additionally supplying: extra ammo for the HIMARS system, which is being used masterfully on the combat zone by the Ukrainians; 16 105 mm guns as well as 36,000 105 mm weapons rounds, which comply with the comparable cannons as well as ammunition sent out by the UK as well as United States, specifically; 15 ScanEagle UAVs, to boost Ukrainian ISR abilities; 40 MaxxPro MRAPs with mine rollers as well as various other mine-clearing tools; 1,500 TOW projectiles as well as 1,000 Javelin anti-armor systems; 50 extra armored HMMWVs. About Stefano D’Urso Stefano D’Urso

is an independent
reporter and also factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A grad in Industral Engineering he’s additionally researching to accomplish a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Digital Warfare, Loitering Munitions as well as OSINT methods put on the globe of present problems and also armed forces procedures are amongst his locations of competence.

Let’s Talk About The Explosions That Rocked Russian Navy’s Saki Air Base In Crimea

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Let’s Talk About The Explosions That Rocked Russian Navy’s Saki Air Base In Crimea
A photo of the smoke coming from Saki Air Base after the explosions. In the box: the destroyed Su-24 bomber. (Photos from Twitter)

Sources say it might be the result of a Ukrainian attack, but no official word from Ukrainian MoD yet. Russia denies the attack.

Massive explosions, visible from miles away, rocked a Russian airfield near Novofedorivka in Crimea on August 9, 2022, at about 15:20LT. The airfield in question is Saki Air Base, home of the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet’s 43rd Independent Naval Attack Aviation Regiment (43 OMShAP), which flies Su-24 Fencer bombers and Su-30 Flanker fighter jets.

The cause of the explosions is not clear at the moment. A statement from the Russian Ministry of Defence says that the explosions originated from “violations of fire safety rules” which resulted in “several aviation munitions destroyed”, without damages to the airbase and aircraft and without victims. The officials also say “there are no signs or evidence that it was done deliberately.”

“As a result of the explosion, no one was injured. Aviation equipment at the airfield was not damaged,” says the statement released to the press. “Measures are being taken to extinguish the fire and find out the causes of the explosion. According to a report from the site, there was no fire impact on the bunded ammunition storage area at the airfield”

The Ukrainian MoD didn’t acknowledge an attack on the Crimean airfield, but some anonymous officers told the New York Times that the Ukrainian forces were behind the attack, but they did not elaborate on how it was performed, other than saying that “a device exclusively of Ukrainian manufacture was used.” The airfield is more than 200 km from the frontlines, well behind the reach of many Ukrainian weapons, including the Tochka-U Short-Range Ballistic Missile system, which has a range of about 120 km.

Either way, videos surfacing online, which have been geolocated at Saki Air Base, are showing the opposite of what has been disclosed to the press by the Russians. At least a Su-24 Fencer bomber has been completely destroyed on the flight line, and heavy damage can be seen throughout the airfield. Since satellite photos always show aircraft parked in close proximity on Saki’s apron, it is possible that multiple aircraft have been either damaged or destroyed.

The timing of the supposed attack is also interesting, as few hours later Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said that the war will end after Ukraine gets back all occupied territories, including Crimea. Yet Ukraine still denied any responsibility for the explosions. Meanwhile, Russian nationals on vacation in Crimea are now being evacuated, according to Russian officials.

About Stefano D’Urso
Stefano D’Urso is a freelance journalist and contributor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in Industral Engineering he’s also studying to achieve a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Electronic Warfare, Loitering Munitions and OSINT techniques applied to the world of military operations and current conflicts are among his areas of expertise.

Photos Allegedly Show AGM-88 HARM Missile Used In Ukraine

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Photos Allegedly Show AGM-88 HARM Missile Used In Ukraine

File image of an AGM-88 HARM mounted on a F-16C.( Photo: U.S. Air Force)In package: an item of the blown up HARM rocket distributing online. The images arised online show up to reveal the particles of an took off AGM-88 near a Russian SAM website. Russian Telegram networks are uploading on the internet images which apparently reveal the particles left by an AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile after it struck a Russian Surface to Air Missile website in Ukraine. The very first image reveals the particles in an area, with the curved sheet steel and also 2 of the forward fins spread on the ground, while the 2nd image reveals among the back fins with the stenciled codes plainly legible.

The pictures do not enable to acquire much beneficial information. It is not feasible to geolocate the images as the bordering surface is not noticeable, therefore there are no components to comprehend if the picture was actually caught in Ukraine. It isn’t feasible to confirm if the tail fin with the serials was located with the scraps in the various other picture. These components can expose a home window for the opportunity of an incorrect flag procedure, with Russia attempting to make proof of a NATO participation in the battling.

This is connected to the various other huge enigma which arises from the pictures: where does this projectile originated from? NATO airplane are not flying right into Ukrainian airspace and also the only airplane that obtains near its boundaries, like the one associated with the Air Policing and also Air Shielding goals, are flying Combat Air Patrols with air-to-air projectiles just.

3 NATO airplane kinds can utilizing the AGM-88 in Europe: the Tornado ECR, the F-16CM Block 50 and also the F/A -18-EA-18G. The Tornado is not participating in any kind of CAP objective, as their field of expertise is the air-to-ground duty. The F-16CM-50 from Spangdahlem, Germany, are the only United States Wild Weasel system forward-based in Europe and also flew their CAPs with a complete lots of 6 air-to-air projectiles, which does not leave area for AGM-88s. The F/A -18 s and also the EA-18Gs are additionally just flying with air-to-air rockets.

It is being reported that the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence Oleksiy Reznikov is being priced quote stating to journalism that undefined anti-radiation rockets are being supplied to Ukraine: “We will certainly obtain unique anti-radar rockets that we did not have previously. This will certainly permit you and also I to successfully ruin their radar system, basically blinding the adversary, which will certainly provide us the chance to obtain a benefit for a counteroffensive.”

Numerous are recommending that perhaps these rockets have actually been incorporated on updated Ukrainian competitor jets. Also if lots of MiG-29s in Europe have actually been updated to be suitable with NATO criteria, this does not imply that the airplane prepare to utilize the AGM-88 HARM. Incorporating the projectile on the MiG-29 does not just indicate strapping a LAU-118A launcher and also the AGM-88 rocket to the MiG’s pylons, there is a whole lot even more job that requires to be done to incorporate them in the avionics and also electric systems.

One more opportunity might be a ground-based launcher for the AGM-88, of which a principle existed by Northrop Grumman couple of years earlier. Such containerized system did not go past the principle stage. Therefore, the means the projectile was ultimately used in Ukraine continues to be unidentified.

About Stefano D’Urso Stefano D’Urso is an independent reporter and also factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A grad in Industral Engineering he’s additionally researching to accomplish a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Digital Warfare, Loitering Munitions and also OSINT methods put on the globe of existing disputes as well as army procedures are amongst his locations of experience.

Video Clip Shows Ultra-Low Level Flying Russian Gunship Helicopter Shot Down In Ukraine

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Video Clip Shows Ultra-Low Level Flying Russian Gunship Helicopter Shot Down In Ukraine
Screenshot from the video clip of the Mi-35M obliterated in Ukraine. The clip is a tip that low-flying Russian helicopters are prone to MANPADS(as well as ATGMs) in Ukraine. A video clip, revealing a Russian Mi-35M gunship helicopter rejected by an undefined Ukrainian projectile, perhaps one discharged by a MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense System), has actually begun distributing online on Jun. 16, 2022.

The video footage, that shows up to have actually been videotaped by a drone, reveals the Russian helicopter flying at ultra-low degree over the areas till it obtains struck in the engine exhaust location (at the base of the primary blades), begins to rotate and also accidents right into the ground.

The clip was geolocated: the Mi-35M was rejected in Donetsk Oblast, eastern Ukraine.

While it was feasible to geolocate where the Russian gunship was rejected, it appears harder to identify which type of rocket was made use of, thought about likewise the range of systems being used in Ukraine (and also the truth that some helicopters have actually been obliterated utilizing Anti-Tank Guided Missiles). Some resources declared it was an Igla while others claim it was a Stinger MANPADS.

Surprisingly, the exact same video, decreased to 1/10 of the initial rate plainly reveals the rocket originating from the left hand side of the structure, from a little greater elevation.

Noteworthy, the absence of apparent tracking smoke and also the rate of the rocket can additionally recommend the British Starstreak short-range man-portable air-defence system was utilized.

As reported in a previous blog post right here at The Aviationist:

The Starstreak high-velocity rocket system was provided to Ukraine by Britain last month in addition to a more delivery of Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs).

“STARStreak’s extremely special style considerably distinguishes it from various other SHORAD rockets”, claims Thales web site. “Designed as well as established from very first principals to involve quickly, greatly armoured or incredibly elusive pop-up targets, done in a brief duration, the system is needed to take a trip at extremely broadband. All at once, it needs to be light and also little sufficient to be guy portable on the field of battle where it might significantly require to be released in metropolitan settings.”

“The rocket itself consists of 3 tungsten darts, launched from a provider which is powered by a rocket electric motor. The darts are sped up to a rate over of Mach 3.0 as well as the fire control system’s laser beam of light riding support makes sure phenomenal precision whilst being virtually completely immune to countermeasures.These distinct features as well as the phenomenal rate of STARStreak present a substantial difficulty to foe pilots that are not likely to have enough time to respond when an interaction starts. This, together with the failure to jam the projectile, has a significant effect on the human awareness of pilots as well as an extremely turbulent impact on objective preparation as well as implementation.”Whatever sort of rocket was made use of to obliterate the Mi-35M

, the video clip (that is noticeably comparable to an additional one we uploaded at the start of the battle) is a plain tip that choppers flying reduced to make use of surface masking or to prevent radar discovery are incredibly at risk to the Ukrainian MANPADS (and also ATGMs)in Ukraine, also when they run in Russian regulated locations. About David Cenciotti David Cenciotti is a self-employed reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and also Editor of”The Aviationist”, among the globe’s most popular and also check out armed forces air travel blog sites. Given that 1996, he has actually created for significant globally publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and also several others, covering

aeronautics, protection, battle, sector, cyberwar, criminal offense and also knowledge. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia as well as Syria, as well as flown numerous battle aircrafts with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, an exclusive pilot as well as a grad in Computer Engineering. He has actually created 5 publications and also added to much more ones.

United State Plans To Sell Armed MQ-1C Gray Eagle Drones To Ukraine ‘In The Coming Days’

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United State Plans To Sell Armed MQ-1C Gray Eagle Drones To Ukraine 'In The Coming Days'

File Photo of a Gray Eagle (Dugway Proving Ground supply image.)The White House has strategies to market Ukraine 4 MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones to assist Kyiv in the battle versus Russia. The Biden management intends to offer Ukraine 4 MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones that can be equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire projectiles for combat zone usage versus Russia, 3 individuals aware of the circumstance claimed according to an special Reuters record uploaded on June 1, 2022.

“The sale of the General Atomics-made drones might still be obstructed by Congress, the resources stated, including that there is likewise a threat of an eleventh hour plan turnaround that might scuttle the strategy, which has actually been under evaluation at the Pentagon for numerous weeks,” the record stated.

Ukraine has actually made comprehensive use numerous smaller sized armed UCAVs (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles), with the Bayraktar TB2 tool elevation long endurance (MALE) unmanned battle airborne automobile (UCAV) of the Ukrainian pressures becoming the actual celebrity of the air battle, causing Russian pressures hefty losses, a few of those captured on tape as well as distributed online. As clarified commenting the video footage fired by TB2 obtaining a Tor mobile short-range surface-to-air rocket system (also known as SA-15 “Gauntlet”) or sustaining the air campaign of 2 Ukrainian Su-27 on Russian centers on the renowned Snake Island in the Black Sea, all the video clips (together with the accounts that TB2s purportedly aided decoy the Moskva’s protections) confirm what a drone with a long-range FLIR and also a large selection of tools can do, in a “straight” or “indirect” method, in a contemporary dispute like the one in Ukraine.

The Gray Eagle are bigger and also have a greater MTOW (Maximum Take Off Weight): it can lug a vast selection of sensing units, both inside or in outside capsules, as well as, up to 4 AGM-114 rockets, each being dual the weight than the Turkish MAM-L artilleries lugged by the TB2.

File picture of an MQ-1C unmanned airborne system, additionally referred to as Gray Eagle, coming from Company D, 10th Aviation Regiment, as it prepares to carry out a goal at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.(
U.S. Army picture by Staff Sgt. Isolda Reyes )The Gray Eagles are made by General Atomics as well as are presently utilized by the U.S. Army, with battle experience in Iraq and also Afghanistan. They have actually likewise been made use of in the AFRICOM location of procedure as lately as 2021. As clarified

in a previous post regarding an emergency situation touchdown of a United States Army MQ-1C in Niger: The Gray Eagle is a sophisticated by-product of the Predator concentrated on supplying straight procedure control by Army area leaders. It can fly Reconnaissance, Surveillance, as well as Target Acquisition(RSTA); convoy security; Improvised Explosive Device(IED)discovery in addition to offering real-time airborne images to ground patrols lugging likewise PGMs(Precision Guided Munitions): simply put, it can sustain a wide array of

goals consisting of assault, attack, exfiltration, seepage and also reconnaissance, as well as any type of type of unidentified or recognized unique procedures you might picture. The kind has actually been flying over the U.S. locations around the globe for rather time currently(consisting of Iraq, where one was shed in 2015). Handling Niger, armed U.S. drones have actually been running out of Niger Air Base 201, situated around 5 kilometres southeast of Agadez, given that 2019, many thanks to a reciprocal contract in between the U.S. and also Nigerien federal governments. Formerly, U.S. from another location piloted lorries, in addition to various other manned ISR(Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance)airplane had actually been running out of Niger’s funding, Niamey. Exactly how they will certainly be truly used and also, the length of time training on the brand-new tools system will certainly take, are still open concerns; nonetheless, if verified, the sale would certainly would increase the capacities of the Ukrainian drone fleet, making it much more with the ability of striking Russian pressures on the combat zone. About David Cenciotti David Cenciotti is a self-employed reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and also Editor of”The Aviationist “, among the globe’s most well-known and also review army air travel blog sites. Considering that 1996, he has actually created for significant globally publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, as well as numerous others, covering aeronautics, protection, battle, sector, cyberwar, criminal offense as well as knowledge. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia as well as Syria, as well as flown numerous fight airplanes with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, an exclusive pilot as well as a grad in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 5 publications as well as added to a lot more ones.

The Ukrainian Air Force Claims One Of Their MiG-29s Has Shot Down A Russian Su-35 Today

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The Ukrainian Air Force Claims One Of Their MiG-29s Has Shot Down A Russian Su-35 Today
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of a Ukrainian MiG-29 pilot.( Image credit report: Ukrainian Air Force)According to the Ukrainian armed force, the Fulcrum downed the Flanker by-product over Kherson area previously today.”Today, May 27, around 14.00 o’clock a MiG-29 competitor of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine rejected a Russian boxer Su-35, which postured a risk to Ukrainian airplane overhead of Kherson area “. This is the extremely brief message that has actually been launched couple of hrs back on Telegram and also various other social media networks by the Ukrainian Air Force.

No extra information concerning the airborne interaction in the area simply north of Crimea has actually been supplied yet; neither have any type of pictures of clips revealing the ultimate wreck of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) Su-35 Flanker-E have actually arised on social networks to validate the cases.

If verified, this would certainly be the 2nd Su-35S the Russians have actually shed airborne battle over Ukraine: the very first Su-35S Flanker-E collapsed near Izium, in eastern Ukraine, some 120 kilometers to the southeast of Kharkiv, on April 3, 2022. According to the Ukrainian resources, that Su-35S was additionally rejected by the Ukrainian air defenses, although this could not be confirmed. At that time, the remains of a Kh-31 anti-radiation projectile (ARM) can additionally be IDed amongst the remains of the Flanker, recommending the airplane could have been entrusted with a SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) goal, to disable the opponent ground-based air protection systems radars.

According to Ukraine’s General Staff, Russia has actually shed a total amount of 206 battle airplane, 170 helicopters, 503 UAVs, and also 115 cruise ship projectiles overhead over Ukraine considering that the start of the Russian intrusion. Independent resources have actually had the ability to confirm the loss or damages of 27 airplane and also 43 helicopters, up until now.

Beyond, Russian MOD’s spokesperson Igor Konashenkov has lately claimed that “In overall, considering that the start of the unique army procedure, 178 airplane, 125 helicopters, 995 unmanned airborne cars, 320 air protection systems, 3,243 containers as well as various other armored battle lorries, 425 numerous rocket launchers, 1,658 area weapons as well as mortar weapons, in addition to 3,124 devices of unique armed forces cars have actually been ruined”.

We have actually thoroughly clarified in the past right here at The Aviationist, why all insurance claims originating from both celebrations have to be taken with a grain of salt nowadays.

A Russian Su-35S Flanker flying at MAKS 2017(Jacek Siminski)The Su-35S” Flanker E”is the 4++generation alternative of the Su-27 Flanker airplane. The multirole airplane attributes thrust-vectoring, radar-absorbent paint, Irbis-E passive digitally checked selection radar, IRST(Infra-Red Search and also Track), the Khibiny radar jamming system together with the capacity to make use of some intriguing tools, consisting of the ultra-long variety R-37M air-to-air rocket that can target HVAA (High Value Air Assets )such as AWACS as well as vessel airplane. Even more contemporary and also much better complete than the Ukrainian Fulcrums, a Su-35S can still discover in one or even more MiG-29s a quite difficult challenger as well as the reality that a Flanker was supposedly fired down by a Ukrainian Air Force Fulcrum is not unusual at all: the downing of a challenger in a dogfight is virtually never ever an issue of

technology/capability of the airplane however a mix of training, abilities, exterior assistance, methods as well as, in some cases, good luck. Likewise many thanks to the assistance obtained in the last years from the California Air National Guard via the State Partnership Program(SPP ), Ukrainian AF has actually currently verified to be able as well as well ready to run and also make it through also if the Russian Air Force surpasses the Ukrainians virtually 10 to 1, and also to to”respond to punch “the Russians from time to time. Anyhow, allow’s see if extra information concerning this claimed air-to-air kill arise. About David Cenciotti David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder as well as Editor of”The Aviationist”, among the globe’s most renowned as well as check out army air travel blog sites. Because 1996, he has actually created forsignificant globally publications, consisting of Air

Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, as well as lots of others, covering aeronautics, protection, battle, sector, cyberwar, knowledge and also criminal activity. He has actually reported

from the U.S., Europe, Australia and also Syria, and also flown numerous battle airplanes with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot as well as a grad in Computer Engineering. He has actually created 5 publications and also added to a lot more ones.

See This Insane Footage Of Two Su-25s Maneuvering At Ultra-Low Altitude To Evade MANPADS in Ukraine

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See This Insane Footage Of Two Su-25s Maneuvering At Ultra-Low Altitude To Evade MANPADS in Ukraine
A screenshot of the video clip revealing 2 Su-25 flying ultra-low degree to escape MANPADS risk in Ukraine. Ultra-low degree handling is just one of the techniques required to evade IR-guided MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems ). The video clip that you can discover in this message has actually begun doing the rounds in the last number of days. According to some resources, it was fired in the Severodonetsk area, in the eastern side of Ukraine, as well as reveals 2 Ukrainian Air Force Su-25s [the individual that recorded it is supposedly Ukrainian and also states “it’s ours”], whereas various other resources on social media sites recognized the assault airplane as Russian Aerospace Forces Frogfoot airplane.

Given that both the Ukrainians and also the Russians fly the key in the disputed airspace over Ukraine, is truly tough to ID the driver [somebody also recommended the camouflage system does not seem dark as the among the Russian Aerospace Forces’ Su-25, implying the Frogfoot jets in the clip * could * sporting activity a digitized light grey paint system however, once again, this shows up difficult to confirm with the poor quality of the clip]

Whatever, the video clip, that seems authentic (although we can not state when and also where it was fired), is actually excellent: also if it was tape-recorded with a mobile phone thus unsteady as well as partially indistinct, it shows exactly how reduced tactical airplane demand to run in Ukraine to avert the hazard of MANPADS and also their deadly IR-guided rockets. You can construct 2 Sukhois transforming at reduced degree while launching flares to evade feasible rockets terminated at them. The cameraman locates it hard to comply with one or the various other however the scene is quite clear: you can construct both airplane attempting to continue to be rapid as well as reduced while flying an unforeseeable course. As well as going down lots of flares.

There are 2 various variation of the very same video clip in fact. The initial one is unstable, as the outcome of the cameraman zooming to obtain a better sight of the Su-25s.

The 2nd one provides a bigger angle and also enables the audience to see the entire scene from range. We have actually currently discussed exactly how the battle in Ukraine will possibly alter the strategies of lots of air

pressures, a minimum of for those which had (virtually )deserted the ultra-low degree flying consequently of the experience acquired in those air projects (like Desert Storm in Iraq, Allied Force in the Balkans and also Unified Protector in Libya )where the air prevalence permitted the assault airplane to run at tool or top-level, as opposed to flying at treetop elevation(as provided for circumstances like the Falklands War). As a lot of the video clips originating from Ukraine plainly highlighted, opposed airspace and also MANPADS hazard have actually made reduced degree flying abilities pertinent once again. Russian Su-25 in the Donbas. https://t.co/N71m2GTvhi pic.twitter.com/QbPXiXKTEg– Rob Lee(@RALee85)May 16, 2022 H/T to our close friend @bjoernen_hj for the heads-up! About David Cenciotti David Cenciotti is a self-employed reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder

and also Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the globe’s most well-known as well as review army air travel blog sites. Given that 1996, he has actually created for significant globally publications, consisting ofAir Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and also numerous others, covering

air travel, protection, battle,
market, knowledge, cyberwar and also criminal activity. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and also Syria, as well as flown a number of fight airplanes with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, an exclusive pilot as well as a grad in Computer Engineering. He has actually created 5 publications as well as added to a lot more ones.

Bayraktar TB2 Videos Show New Wave Of Ukrainian Attacks Against Russian Forces On Snake Island

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Bayraktar TB2 Videos Show New Wave Of Ukrainian Attacks Against Russian Forces On Snake Island
A display capture from the video clips listed below revealing both Su-27s( circled around in red

)as they flop the targets on Snake Island. The current TB2 video clips reveal numerous drone assaults versus Russian devices and also air defenses, which led the way for a Su-27 bomb strike. As you might have discovered from the numerous records released considering that the start of the intrusion, the Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Combat Vehicles of the Ukrainian pressures are playing a starring duty in the battle, becoming an actual thorn in the side of the Russian pressures as well as causing them hefty losses. In the last couple of days, video footage has actually arised on the internet revealing the drone at work over the renowned Snake Island, bring upon countless losses as well as apparently leading the way for an airstrike by 2 Su-27 Flanker boxer jets.

The initial video clip reveals a TB2 getting a Tor mobile short-range surface-to-air rocket system, additionally called the SA-15 “Gauntlet”, which was hidden near buildings by the island’s lighthouse. After being struck, the tracked lorry began sending out smoke up until it was swallowed up in fires and also blew up due to the ammunition cook-off. An additional TB2, which was flying regarding 100 kilometres away, revealed from a various viewpoint the strike and also the succeeding surge.

A 2nd Tor rocket system was damaged soon prior to being unloaded at the island’s pier on the north coastline. The lorry was being transferred on a Project 11770 Serna course touchdown craft, which was additionally damaged in the assault. The very same video clip reveals a structure being struck also, potentially near the lighthouse. The strikes on both Tor systems have actually been additionally validated by satellite images, which reveal thick black smoke climbing from both areas.

Su-27 striking Russian centers on the popular Snake Island in the Black Sea, in impressive video shot by a TB-2 drone. As we can observe, there is major damages. pic.twitter.com/ogN3gOU8uJ– Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons)May 7, 2022 Amongst the targets on Snake Island there is additionally a Russian Mi-8 transportation helicopter . As we can see in the video clip, the helicopter

helicopter, revealing the whole island, it is not feasible to recognize if the structures were still undamaged or ruined and also therefore recognize if the helicopter was damaged prior to of after the Su-27s flopped the island. The video clip was published online after the bomb strike, yet that does not always imply that the helicopter was damaged after the Flankers”seen “Snake Island. It is unclear currently if Ukrainian pressures are preparing to reclaim the

the intrusion, showing once more that the matter of the losses need to not be taken as given, unless there is engaging proof. Whatever, these video clips( together with the accounts that TB2s purportedly aided decoy the Moskva’s supports )once more confirm what a drone [we make use of the term “drone” every once in a while in the post, although this tool system is, as described, a UCAV or, extra generally, a from another location

piloted car] with a long-range FLIR and also a broad variety of tools can do, in a”straight “or”inderect “method, in a contemporary problem like the one in Ukraine. About Stefano D’Urso Stefano D’Urso is a self-employed reporter and also factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A grad in Industral Engineering he’s additionally examining to accomplish a Master

Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Digital Warfare, Loitering Munitions and also OSINT strategies put on the globe of existing disputes as well as armed forces procedures are amongst his locations of know-how. About David Cenciotti David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder as well as Editor of”The Aviationist”,

among the globe’s most
well-known as well as review armed forces aeronautics blog sites. Given that 1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, as well as lots of others, covering air travel, protection, battle, sector, criminal offense, cyberwar and also knowledge. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia as well as Syria, and also flown numerous battle airplanes with various flying force.
He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, an exclusive pilot and also a grad in Computer Engineering. He has actually created 5 publications as well as added to a lot more ones.

10 Maryland Air National Guard A-10 Warthogs Have Just Deployed To Europe

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10 Maryland Air National Guard A-10 Warthogs Have Just Deployed To Europe
File image of an A-10 Thunderbolt II, appointed to the 175th Wing, Warfield Air National

Guard Base, Middle River, Maryland, takinf off for a Green Flag-West 22-02 objective, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 8, 2021.(U.S. Air Force image by William R. Lewis

)Maryland ANG A-10s are mosting likely to participate in Exercise Swift Response and also release to ahead running places in Eastern Europe and also the Baltic area. 10 A-10C Thunderbolt II strike airplane coming from the Maryland Air National Guard as well as designated to the 104th Fighter Squadron landed in Iceland, on May 5, 2022, the U.S. Air Force in Europe and also Air Forces Europe stated in public launch. The” Warthogs”were released to Europe to perform Agile Combat Employment training and also sustain the U.S. Army’s Swift Response workout, a yearly U.S. Army Europe and also Africa-led international training workout, occurring from May 2 to 20, 2022, throughout Eastern Europe, consisting of the Arctic, Baltic Sea, and also Balkan Peninsula areas. Roughly 9,000 solution participants from 17 Allied and also companion countries will certainly participate in the workout, consisting of around 2,700 U.S. Soldiers as well as Airmen.

According to the U.S. Air Force, 4 airplane transited from Iceland to Norway, on May 6, while the staying 6 are arranged to release to North Macedonia on May 7 to sustain workout procedures.

Throughout their keep in the Old Continent, they are not just flying from Norway as well as North Macedonia: “the A-10 airplane are arranged to release to ahead running places in North Macedonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia as well as Poland to implement their Agile Combat Employment capacities.”

“The A-10 is the U.S. Air Forces main low-altitude close air assistance airplane and also is the initial Air Force airplane developed especially for close air assistance to ground pressures. These abilities offer necessary assistance to the joint pressure land part and also pay for the U.S. armed forces versatility in forecasting power in extremely opposed areas.”

The 104th FS A-10s frequently release to the Baltic area and also particularly, Estonia. The Baltic state signed up with NATO in 2004 to proceed global protection participation as well as secure its boundaries. Estonia’s armed forces collaboration with the Maryland National Guard dates to 1993 with the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program. Because 2013, Maryland’s A-10 staffs take a trip every number of years to take part in nationwide workouts or U.S. European Command theater-wide workouts with state companions. The Estonian Air Force does not have actually an airplane developed for close air assistance, so it counts on its companions to perform online control training with their JTACs.

An A-10 Thunderbolt II designated to the Maryland Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Squadron rises in the direction of the path in Jägala, Estonia, Aug. 10, 2017. Flying force image by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy

Remarkably, when released to Estonia, the Warthogs additionally participate in unaltered surface/highway procedures. Throughout one such occasions, among 10 A-10C of the armada hit as well as harmed a roadway indication while doing touchdown as well as remove training on Jägala-Käravete Highway in Jägala, a country freeway in north Estonia.

The existing release is fascinating for lots of factors. Obviously, the existence of the “storage tank busters” in Eastern Europe and also in the Baltic area sends out a clear message to Russia, whose tried blitzkrieg to storm Ukraine and also confiscate the resources to fall the city government has actually currently developed into an agonizing battle of attrition: a symbolic program of pressure, targeted at hindering any type of various other activity of Russian pressures in the instructions of the NATO boundary, as opposed to a real ability relocated better to the theater.

Without stating the reality that the participation of U.S. or NATO pressures in the dispute is presently not also being taken into consideration, as we discussed at the start of the Russian intrusion, when numerous supported the implementation of a couple of A-10s to Ukraine to damage chaos of the Russian car column aligned for “40 miles” along the freeways north of the Hostomel Airport beyond Kyiv, the Thunderbolt II might not have a very easy time dealing with the battle we are seeing currently in Ukraine: they might most likely erase Russian storage tanks in open nation, however they would certainly require a great deal of air assistance and also would certainly still be susceptible to lots of air protection systems, consisting of MANPADS. Regardless of the current upgrades have actually enhanced the Warthog’s targeting as well as interactions capacities, the A-10 was developed for various, much more liberal circumstances.

Anyhow, the A-10s sign up with a considerable section of NATO airplane onward released to Eastern Europe, an ORBAT that has actually been enhanced lately with the release of 8 F-35A stealth airplane, coming from the 158th Fighter Wing of the U.S. Air Force, that have actually landed at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to sustain Enhanced Air Policing objective on NATO’s Eastern Flank.

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II, from the 104th Fighter Squadron of the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, flies over the Warren Grove Gunnery Range, Dec. 3, 2020, in Warren Grove, N.J. Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from Estonia as well as the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard, carried out close air assistance training under the State Partnership Program.( U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Airman 1st Class Hunter Hires) About David Cenciotti David Cenciotti is a self-employed reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and also Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the globe’s most well-known as well as check out armed forces air travel blog sites. Considering that 1996, he has actually created for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and also numerous others, covering aeronautics, protection, battle, market, cyberwar, criminal offense and also knowledge. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and also Syria, and also flown numerous fight airplanes with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot as well as a grad in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 5 publications and also added to much more ones.