Thursday, April 18, 2024

Ukrainian troops blow up rare Russian air defense system

Ukrainian armed forces have successfully destroyed a rare Russian mobile air defense system known as “Gibka-S” on the Avdiivka front, according to Militarnyi.

Video footage captured the moment a Gibka-S air defense missile turret, mounted on a “Tigr-M” armored vehicle, was targeted and blown up by Ukrainian forces.

The Gibka-S air defense missile turret, derived from the maritime 3M-47 “Gibka” complex, is equipped to carry up to four Igla-type surface-to-air missiles, providing point defense against a variety of aerial threats.


Designed for short-range engagements, the Gibka-S is capable of targeting aircraft, helicopters, drones, cruise missiles, and high-precision weapon systems operating at low altitudes.

Armed with Igla, Igla-S, or Verba missiles, the Gibka-S system boasts a consistent engagement range of up to 6.5 kilometers and an altitude coverage of 4.5 kilometers.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Gibka-S system was officially adopted by the Russian Ground Forces in 2022, prior to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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