Although we had forgotten the participation of the Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 drones, they again came to the fore. The situation for their use changed after it became clear that the US had integrated the AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missile into Ukrainian MiG-29 fighters.
At least two videos shared on social media from the war in Ukraine confirm this. Bayraktar’s unmistakable hits and “new” activity was recorded in videos from August 31st and September 1st. In one video, Bayraktar TB successfully engages a 152-mm 2C3 Acacia self-propelled gun. A Sana 120mm mortar and a Russian armed forces tilt truck are struck in the other video.
The conditions for the use of strike drones are gradually changing. In recent months, the Russian air defense has successfully hit the drones of the Ukrainian armed forces. They did not have a “military answer” on how to eliminate the radar protection of Russian weapons systems.
However, the successful attack on the Russian Air Force Base in Crimea Saki showed the Ukrainian High Command that the AGM-88 HARM can successfully silence more advanced (such as the S-300 and S-400) air defense systems of Russia. Therefore, military experts are adamant that the two destroyed Russian Bayraktar TB2 artillery guns in the videos happened thanks to suppressing the enemy’s air defense radar systems, giving the attacking drones a chance to complete the attack successfully.
AGM-88 HARM into MiG-29
The August 9 attack on the Russian airbase in Crimea – Saki was not just another attack. The fact that somehow the Ukrainian Air Force broke through the air defense defenses of the air base raised many questions. We were one of the first in the world to suggest that the AGM-88 HARM “punched a hole” in the base’s radar defenses.
In our August 11th article, we suggested that such an attack was feasible only with the use of such an anti-radiation missile. Later, the Pentagon officially confirmed the assumption of BulgarianMilitary.com.
“First, we are providing additional High-speed Anti-Radiation Missiles. These are the HARM missiles. Ukraine has successfully employed these missiles. They have successfully integrated them into Ukrainian aircraft, and this enables Ukraine to seek and destroy Russian radar. So we’ll be providing additional HARM missiles,” a Pentagon official said.
After that, the representative of the Pentagon continues: “The aircraft that the Ukrainians have integrated – and you’re right, this is a Western produced missile – the aircraft that they have integrated it with is their MiG aircraft. So they have actually successfully integrated it. [This] is something that we determined would be technically feasible. And based on that feasibility determination, we provided them with this capability. So this is actually the second tranche of HARMs that we’re providing.”
Since there is no known way to launch the AGM-88 HARM from land, and the fact that Ukraine has no Western-made fighters, it was logical to assume that the US helped integrate the AGM-88 HARM into the Soviet MiG-29 fighter.
Today we now have video proof that our assumptions are fact. In the video recorded by a camera on the pilot’s helmet of a MiG-29 pilot, the AGM-88 HARM missile is clearly visible on the wing of the fighter. Later in the video, the firing of at least two AGM-88 HARM missiles is captured. The video was released by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Last but not least – there is photographic evidence that we have also published on BulgarianMilitary.com of remains or inactivated AGM-88 HARM missiles used in the war in Ukraine.
So how do MiG-29s use HARM?
US F-16s use a guidance system called HTS for HARM. The missile can be directed at targets detected by the HTS. Therefore, the HARM missile is launched in HAS mode, where its own seeker is used as a sensor. Systems detected by the HARM search head can be targeted. Since there is no HTS, the detection range is greatly reduced in HAS mode.
HARM also has a fly-and-shoot mode with a preset POS name. Older versions of the AGM-88 only have an inertial navigation system. The missile is launched to a predetermined area and then seeks the target’s radar with its own homing head. In the AGM-88D model, on the other hand, GPS is also available and can directly target the precisely set coordinate.
We assume that Ukrainian MiG-29s also use HARM missiles in POS mode.
M113 tested LUCH anti-aircraft missile at an angle of 15 degrees
Luch Design Bureau conducted successful tests by firing from the anti-tank complex installed on the famous armored personnel carrier M113, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, referring to Defense Express.
Luch Design Bureau [LDB] successfully conducted test launches of guided missiles from the anti-tank complex of its production by the M113 tracked armored personnel carrier as part of a demonstration of weapons to an unnamed foreign client.
According to a source in the LDB, the demonstration was held at a military training ground in South Asia for one of the potential buyers of Ukrainian ATGM.
According to a representative of the state company, the tests for combat shooting were conducted from the M113 platform at an angle of 15 degrees. The time of the tests and the probable client were not specified, but it was noted that all targets were successfully destroyed, and the potential client was satisfied with the accuracy of the Ukrainian missiles.
It should be added that the M113 armored personnel carrier is a very common platform, which is in service in more than fifty countries. Potential customers who may be interested in building a self-propelled ATGM based on their M113 with KB Luch complexes [among Asia and the Middle East] may include countries such as Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, and Bahrain.
These countries have a fairly large fleet of American armored personnel carriers, and almost all of them have either already purchased Ukrainian ATGMs [such as Saudi Arabia) or are potential large customers [such as Pakistan].
It is also worth recalling that for more than a year now, Luch has been participating in a major tender for the supply of anti-tank systems to the Pakistani army with its Scythian complex [export version of the Stunna-P anti-tank missile system]. At the same time, the Ukrainian complex is considered a favorite.
Source: Bulgarian Military
Watch: 4.5-Gen Su-35 on SEAD mission was shot down over Ukraine by SAM
The Ukrainian air defense has shot down the Russian fighter of generation 4 ++ [4.5 generation] and the main fighter aircraft of the Russian aviation Su-35S Flanker-E, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing its own, Russian and Ukrainian sources.
The fighter jet was hit and shot down in the sky over the Izyum region in eastern Ukraine, about 120 km from Kharkiv. The pilot ejected but was captured by the Ukrainian armed forces. They managed to intercept a conversation of the Russian military, which was preparing to organize a rescue mission by helicopter to take the pilot out of Ukrainian territory but were overtaken by the Ukrainians.
Experts claim that the pilot and his Su-35S Flanker-E were on a SEAD mission – Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses. These are military tactics used by all air forces around the world whose goal is not only to suppress air defense such as destroying various missiles but also to disrupt the communication and radar capabilities of an anti-aircraft missile battery.
Experts support the claim that the Russian fighter was supposed to destroy an air defense system based on the remains found in the field. They clearly show the remains of the Russian air-to-surface missile Kh-31P, which has a passive seeker head for use as an anti-radiation missile.
The downed Su-35S Flanker-E was the first documented downed fighter of its kind in the Ukrainian war.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who 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 as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and 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.
Source: Bulgarian Military
Watch: Wreckage of £38m Russian fighter jet pictured burning in field
Ukrainian forces have claimed to have downed a Russian jet worth £38million as they continue to defend their country from Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
Images released by Ukrainian Armed Forces on Sunday showed the burning remains of an Su-35 fighter shot down near the city of Izyum, in the Kharkiv region.
It is believed to be the first Su-35 which the Ukrainian forces have shot down since Putin ordered his troops to invade on 24 February.
Video of a Russian soldier reported to be the pilot was shared on social media, showing him kneeling near the burning wreckage, although this was unverified.
Ukrainian MP Anton Gerashchenko claimed the pilot ejected from the aircraft as it was going down and was captured as he tried to flee.
The Su-35 is a twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter jet, bought into the Russian service in 2014.
The 22m meter long aircraft can reach a top speed of 2,400kmh (1,500mph), and carries a number of weapons including rockets, air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface missiles.
Russia is believed to have suffered significant losses since the conflict began, including thousands of soldiers and huge numbers of equipment.
Latest figures from local news in Ukraine have estimated over 18,000 troops have died, along with 143 planes, 644 tanks and thousands of other vehicles.
While the figures cannot be independently verified, Western officials have pointed towards evidence of significant losses on the Russia side as they come up against stiff opposition.
It was claimed over the weekend that two Russian soldiers died after eating pies laced with poison which Ukrainian citizens “treated” them with.
The troops from the third Motor Rifle Division, are said to have died instantly after locals in Izium “gifted” them the pies.
Another 28 soldiers have reportedly been rushed to hospital, and hundreds more are said to be suffering “severe illness” from poisoned food and drink given to them.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence Intelligence wrote on social media on Saturday: “Ukrainians resist the occupiers by all available means.
“According to available information, local residents of the Izium district (Kharkiv region) ‘treated’ Russians from the third Motorized Rifle Division of the Russian Federation with poisoned pies.
“As a result, two occupiers died at once, another 28 were taken to the intensive care unit. Their current state is being clarified.”
Putin has been accused of carrying out a genocide in Ukraine, after Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence released images on Sunday showing what was left behind in the city of Bucha following a retreat of Russian forces.
Footage showed bodies left lying in the street, some with the hands tied behind their backs and shot in the head.
Ukrainian authorities have claimed 410 civilians were killed in Bucha and Irpin, with mass graves being dug for the victims.
In Motyzhyn, around 20 miles west of the city of Bucha, the mayor and her family were reportedly discovered in a mass grave.
Ukraine’s former ambassador to Austria Olexander Scherba said Olga Sukhenko was found buried with her husband and son.
Of the 20 people found in the put, some bore the marks of torture, authorities said, including broken arms and fingers.
Journalists who have visited the area since the Russians retreat have said there is “clear evidence” of war crimes being left behind, including that of torture and rape.
Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russian forces of torturing and executing hundreds of people in a Facebook post after the bodies were discovered.
“I want every mother of every Russian soldier to see the bodies of the killed people in Bucha, in Irpin, in Hostomel,” Zelensky said. “What did they do? Why were they killed?”
“War crimes in Bucha and other cities during the Russian occupation will also be considered by the UN Security Council on Tuesday,” he added.
Source: yahoo news