Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Russia launches major missile assault on Ukraine

In a coordinated and intense attack on July 8, Russia launched nearly its entire long-range missile arsenal against Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian Air Force Command, the Russian forces fired 38 long-range missiles in a daytime combined assault.

The missiles used in the attack included: Kh-47M2 “Kinzhal” aeroballistic missile, 1 3M22 “Zircon” hypersonic missile, 4 Iskander ballistic missiles, 14 Kalibr sea-launched cruise missiles, 13 Kh-101 air-launched cruise missiles, 2 high-speed Kh-22 missiles, 3 Kh-59/Kh-69 guided air-launched missiles.

Defense Express noted that only the R-500 cruise missiles for the Iskander system and North Korean ballistic missiles remaining unused.

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Despite the scale of the attack, Ukrainian air defenses successfully intercepted and destroyed 30 of the 38 missiles.

However, four cruise missiles, one Iskander ballistic missile, two Kh-22 missiles, and one 3M22 “Zircon” hypersonic missile managed to penetrate the air defense shield.

Notably, one of the Kh-101 missiles was deliberately aimed at the Ohmatdyt children’s hospital, in what Ukrainian officials described as a targeted assault on civilian infrastructure.

The Ukrainian Air Force highlighted the need for advanced air defense systems, such as the Patriot or SAMP/T, to intercept the more sophisticated missiles like the Kh-22 and Zircon.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more

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