Air International 2023-01
F.ibne Masood - Bringing on the disruption
Wreckage of a downed RuAF-operated Mil Mi-24V/P Hind is recovered from the Dnepro River on June 6, 2022. As of October 14, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence claims that it has shot down approximately 240 Russian helicopters since the invasion on February 24, 2022. The use of MANPADS have been key in disrupting Russian air operations over Ukraine since the conflict began
MiG-31K (Bort No ‘89 Red’, serial RF-95200) armed with a display and training mock-up of the hypersonic Kinzhal missile. Note the missile’s end cap with two horizontal stabilisers - this part is blown off shortly after it is released, exposing the engine nozzle seconds before ignition
A Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire-C long-range strategic bomber is seen taking off from Shaikovka Air Base, equipped with a Kh-22 stand-off cruise missile. The platform is also capable of launching the Kinzhal hypersonic missile
Designed for ground attack/strike operations and suppression/destruction of enemy air defense missions, the Su-34 Fullback should have been key in locating and destroying Ukrainian air defence systems during the war and enabling Russia to gain greater air superiority. However, this has not occurred and the Russian Aerospace Forces have lost at least 16 Su-34s - more than 10% of its entire Fullback flee
Released on May 7, 2022, this video from a Ukrainian Navy-operated Bayraktar TB2 UCAV shows a pair of Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24M bombers of 7th brTA performing their signature low-level bombing run against Snake Island
The Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 UCAV has been an invaluable disruptive airpower asset for Ukraine, from providing ISR information on enemy positions to attacking Russian armoured columns
In recent months, Russia has turned to Iran for the supply of kamikaze drones, such as the Shahed-136 platform. These have been employed in various disruptive operations across Ukraine, mainly against key infrastructure targets