Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Russian forces destroy Ukrainian “Franken-SAM” launcher

Dramatic footage has emerged of the destruction of the first Supacat HMT-based AIM-132 ASRAAM “Franken-SAM” launcher operated by the Ukrainian military.

The launcher vehicle, which served as a short-range surface-to-air missile system, was targeted and destroyed by Russian forces using a Lancet loitering munition, resulting in fire and ammunition detonation.

The British developed “Franken-SAM”, equipped with missile guides, an antenna, and an optical station, which was designed to intercept Russian cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Its infrared-guided missiles and built-in optical system provided autonomous operation capabilities, enhancing Ukraine’s defense capabilities against kamikaze drones and short-range threats.

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This system represents one of two improvised British projects for Ukraine, where an air-launched missile is adapted for ground-based launchers. The ASRAAM missile is currently utilized by aircraft from the United Kingdom, India, Qatar, Oman, and has been integrated into Australia’s F/A-18 Hornet arsenal.

The destruction of this improvised mobile SAM system represents a tactical setback for Ukraine, as it provided a nimble interceptor for countering Russian threats.

The extent of Ukraine’s ASRAAM/Supacat inventory and its overall capacity remain undisclosed.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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