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Watch: MiG-29 is maneuvering and shooting down a Russian Kh-101
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Because the begin of the struggle, spectacular images and movies have been always shared on social media. The Ukraine-Russia struggle may be mentioned to be being watched stay on air. Successes and failures are seen.

In opposition to the background of all this, witnessing what is occurring, Ukraine has the best to insist on trendy anti-aircraft missile methods, in addition to fighter jets. Presently, the Ukrainian Air Drive consists of the MiG-29, Su-25, and Su-27. In fact, in 9 months, each the Russian and Ukrainian air forces misplaced lots of air tools. Ukraine doesn’t give up and doesn’t enable Russian plane to determine dominance within the air.

Nonetheless, some moments impress not a lot with their impact, however with productiveness. Right here is such a second recorded on video. Twitter person @UkraineRussia2 claims to have filmed a Ukrainian MiG-29 taking pictures down a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile. BulgarianMilitary.com can’t affirm the authenticity of the video, nor when and the way it occurred, and particularly the place. However the footage reveals a fighter jet maneuvering sharply, at one level firing an air-to-air missile. A missile maneuver in a short time adjustments its trajectory and an explosion follows. “Wow, [it got] shot down!” a lady is heard saying within the background.

The Russian Kh-101 missile is a cruise missile. It is among the newest developments to switch the growing old Russian Kh-55 cruise missile. Stealth expertise offers the missile a bonus when it must bypass enemy air defenses. On this explicit case, nonetheless, it’s fairly attainable that the Ukrainian MiG-29 intercepted and shot down the missile as a result of we’re speaking about visible contact and the truth that the Kh-101 is transferring at a pace of Mach 0.57 – 0.59. Comparatively sluggish pace by the requirements of a well-trained fighter pilot.

Slovakia says goodbye to MiG-29s, and Ukraine hopes to get them
Photograph credit score: International Look Press

The Kh-101 was developed for air launch. The warhead it will possibly carry is of a number of varieties, mostly a standard high-explosive warhead [Russia uses such in Ukraine], or a 250 kt nuclear warhead.

The Kh-101’s predecessor, the Kh-55, has additionally been within the information lately. Ukraine reported that such a missile fell in Kyiv, however with the warhead eliminated and an empty block put in as a substitute to mimic a warhead. This has raised many questions, together with whether or not Russia is signaling to Ukraine that it is going to be subsequent with a nuclear warhead, or whether or not Russia is depleting its stockpile of standard warheads.

There’s a third possibility, which would be the closest to the Kremlin’s alleged findings. With or with out a warhead, the missile engages enemy air defenses. Should you launch missiles with imitation warheads at first, you’ll be able to considerably scale back the air protection reserves of the enemy protection, then launch a second or third wave of missile strikes, however this time with standard warheads. On this means, you’ll be able to obtain larger effectivity even with much less exact rockets.

Again to Ukrainian fighter air protection. Ukrainian MiG-29s and Su-27s patrol as a lot as attainable within the skies of Ukraine. Russia attacked navy bases early within the struggle and managed to shoot down a big a part of the Ukrainian air power. Maybe that’s the reason Ukraine has modified its ways – it prefers to interact in air fight with the few remaining fighters than to make use of them for air-to-ground assaults or to bomb Russian positions.

Watch: Su-27s toss high-speed high-drag bombs on Russian facilities
Photograph: Wallpaper HQ

One other video shot within the sky over Ukraine and shared on November thirteenth claims in any other case. Based on the creator of the tweet @miladvisor, a Ukrainian MiG-29 pursued and shot down an Iranian Shahed-136 drone. BulgarianMilitary.com is once more unable to substantiate the reality of the claims, exactly due to the shortage of primary information – the place and when the video was shot. Additionally, though the video recorded the launch of an air-to-air missile from the airplane, it’s not clear whether or not the missile hit an aerial object, and if it did, whether or not it was in a position to shoot it down.

There may be additionally an reverse case to the one described. A drone shot down a airplane and it occurred in Ukraine. Based on sources, a Ukrainian pilot dropped 5 loitering munitions Shahed-136. The touchdown of the fifth piece of shrapnel or particles from the Iranian drone broken the Ukrainian fighter, forcing the pilot to eject.

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