Saturday, May 18, 2024

Ukrainian forces blow up Russia’s most advanced air defense system in Crimea

Ukrainian forces reportedly destroyed Russia’s most advanced surface-to-air missile system in the occupied Crimea region.

Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Directorate (GUR) released drone footage on Wednesday showing the moment a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system went up in flames after being hit by a Ukrainian missile.

“On August 23, 2023, at about 10:00 a.m., an explosion occurred near the village of Olenivka on Cape Tarkhankut in the temporarily occupied Crimea, destroying the Russian S-400 Triumph long-range air defense system,” the GUR said in a release on Wednesday.


According to the report, the explosion completely destroyed the S-400 launcher with the missiles and personnel.

“Considering the limited number of such systems in the enemy’s arsenal, this is a painful blow to the occupiers’ air defense system, which will have a serious impact on further events in the occupied Crimea,” the message added.

The S-400 (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is a mobile, surface-to-air missile (SAM) system developed in the late 1990s by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering as an upgrade to the S-300 family.

The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of up to 400km and at an altitude of up to 30km under intensive enemy fire and jamming.

The S-400 is one of the most controversial air defense systems in the world currently.

If you would like to show your support for what we are doing, here's where to do it.

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

Executive Editor

About author:

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



Patria ready to restart 155mm artillery production

In response to the evolving dynamics of modern warfare, Finnish defense company Patria has announced its readiness to resume the production of 155mm field...