Storm Shadow missiles are fired from specially upgraded Su-24s under the guise of MiG-29 and Su-27 fighters with high-speed anti-radiation missiles (HARM)
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed that the long-range Storm Shadow missiles supplied to Ukraine were used, days after the first fragments of the missile were spotted in Luhansk. Wallace told Sky News: “All I can say is that I understand it has been used since we announced its spread in Ukraine, but I won’t go into further detail.”
Now that it has been officially confirmed that the Ukrainian Air Force has shot down British long-range Storm Shadow missiles on Russian sites, there are reports in the local Russian media trying to clarify How does Ukraine launch these long range missiles.
On May 15, just days after Ukraine began using Storm Shadow missiles, Russia announced its interception for the first time. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that its air defenses shot down a Storm Shadow missile for the first time. A subsequent report published by Izvestia claimed that an active air conflict had been unfolding in the sky for the past three days.
The report also indicates that Storm Shadow missiles are being launched from Su-24s have been specially modernized under the guise of MiG-29 and Su-27 fighters with high-speed anti-radiation missiles (HARM). In addition, he noted that to ensure the safety of its aircraft participating in the mission, the Ukrainian administration is actively using false targets in the form of drones.
Western munitions such as the AGM-88 HARM and JDAM-ER have reportedly been integrated into Su-27 and MiG-29 fighter jets in place of the aging Su-24. According to the latest allegations, Russian air defense units shot down seven Storm Shadow missiles on 16 May. “During the day, the air defense systems intercepted seven long-range Storm Shadow cruise missiles, three HARM anti-radar missiles and seven HIMARS multiple launch missiles.”
While the Russians are still grappling with Britain’s decision to supply Ukraine with Storm Shadow missiles, the Russians are in for another nasty surprise as The French government is also reported to be sending a SCALP-EG missile to Ukraine.
When British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace first announced the transfer of the Storm Shadow missiles, some military experts said it was It is highly doubtful that Storm Shadow can be properly integrated with aircraft used by the Ukrainian Air Forcesuch as Su-24, Su-25 or MiG-29.
However, after a Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 was shot down in the Donetsk region while on a frontline mission, military observers speculated that the aircraft could launch the Storm Shadow missile. However, these reports have not been verified.
The proposal is murkier with Izvestia’s claims of Su-27s and MiG-29s providing cover for Su-24s firing Storm Shadow missiles. RuMoD reported that on May 12, Ukraine attacked Operations Polipak and Milam in Lugansk with Storm Shadow. The Su-24 bomber that attacked the city shot down the Russian MiG-29 fighter that was covering the city.
According to Rodion Mirosnik, former ambassador of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) to MoscowThe Ukrainian army decided to bomb Luhansk to prove the effectiveness of the long-range missiles supplied by Britain to Kiev.
I think this performance can be called exemplary in world politics. This means that Lugansk has become a place against which deliberate strikes were launched to demonstrate the capabilities of the long-range missiles carried by the British.And Said the former ambassador of the Luhansk People’s Republic in a live broadcast on Soloviev Live TV.
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