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Moment Ukrainian fighters down Russian helicopter worth £12million with British-made missile

Moment when Ukrainian fighters shoot down high-tech Russian helicopter worth £12 million with British surface-to-air missile

  • Ukrainian 95th Air Assault Brigade troops used a Martlet Manpads missile to attack the nearby Russian Kamov KA-52 helicopter in Zhytomyr, northwestern Ukraine
  • The Russian helicopter is called ‘Black Shark’ and has a price tag of £12 million
  • Earlier this month, Britain vowed to join the US in sending long-range missile systems to Ukraine to fend off the Russian invasion, defying Putin’s warnings

This is the standout moment when Ukrainian fighters shoot down a high-tech Russian helicopter worth £12 million with a British-made surface-to-air missile.

Soldiers of the Ukrainian 95th Air Assault Brigade, based in Zhytomyr, northwestern Ukraine, used a Martlet Manpads missile to attack the nearby Russian Kamov KA-52 helicopter.

The Russian single-seat combat helicopter is nicknamed “Black Shark” and has been described as Russia’s “deadliest helicopter” due to its battlefield management system that allows it to share data with other aircraft to coordinate strike operations.

Despite the £12 million price tag, it was unable to spot the Ukrainian missile in time as the KA-52 was shot down within 30 seconds of the Martlet being launched.

The Martlet missile is a lightweight surface-to-air weapon developed for the UK by Thales Air Defense, named after the Martlet, a mythical English bird that never sleeps.

It is designed to be launched from a range of air, land and sea platforms at a variety of targets, with super high precision that reduces collateral damage, making it “suitable for asymmetric coastal operations”.

Earlier this month, Britain vowed to join the US in sending long-range missile systems to Ukraine to fend off the Russian invasion, defying Vladimir Putin’s warnings against supplying advanced weapons to Kiev.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain will send M270 launchers, which can fire precision-guided missiles up to 50 miles – more than double the range of current artillery. It is thought that the UK will initially send three of the vehicles.

It comes after Joe Biden signed four M142 HIMARS launchers to the Kiev Armed Forces, which are based on the M270 design but are lighter and easier to maneuver.

This attack on the high-tech Russian helicopter comes after cores of civilians were killed or injured in a crowded shopping center in Ukraine’s central city of Kremenchuk after a Russian missile strike on Monday.

This is the standout moment when Ukrainian fighters shoot down a high-tech Russian helicopter worth £12 million with a British-made surface-to-air missile

This is the standout moment when Ukrainian fighters shoot down a high-tech Russian helicopter worth £12 million with a British-made surface-to-air missile

Soldiers of the Ukrainian 95th Air Assault Brigade, based in Zhytomyr, northwestern Ukraine, used a Martlet Manpads missile to attack the nearby Russian Kamov KA-52 helicopter

Soldiers of the Ukrainian 95th Air Assault Brigade, based in Zhytomyr, northwestern Ukraine, used a Martlet Manpads missile to attack the nearby Russian Kamov KA-52 helicopter

At least 10 people were killed and more than 40 were injured by two long-range X-22 missiles fired by Tu-22M3 bombers flying from Shaykovka airport in Russia’s Kaluga region, Ukraine’s Air Force Command said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Telegram post that the number of casualties was “unbelievable,” citing reports that more than 1,000 civilians were inside at the time of the attack.

Footage of the scene showed giant plumes of black smoke from a shopping center going up in flames as emergency services rushed in and spectators watched in distress.

Zelensky said the target posed “no threat to the Russian military” and had “no strategic value.” He accused Russia of sabotaging “people’s attempts to lead normal lives that anger the occupier.”

Boris Johnson condemned Vladimir Putin’s “cruelty and barbarism,” speaking on the day Zelensky addressed the G7 summit to urge G7 leaders to provide missile defense systems, and said it would strengthen allies’ resolve to stand against Putin to resist.

Johnson said: “This horrific attack has shown once again the depths of cruelty and barbarity the Russian leader will sink.”

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