This menacing video shows the potency of Russia’s S-300PM2 ‘Favorit’ anti-aircraft missile system as it purportedly blasts Ukrainian combat drones from the sky.
The show of military might may be intended as a threatening response to Washington’s recent vow to supply Kyiv with new long-range missiles.
Newsflash obtained the footage from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Russian Federation yesterday (Wednesday, 1st June).
The Russian MoD said (in English): “Combat operation of S-300PM2 Favorit anti-aircraft missile system during the special military operation.
“S-300PM2 Favorit is designed to destroy modern and advanced aircraft, strategic cruise missiles, tactical and operational ballistic missiles and other means of air attack.
“While combat duty, aerial targets identified as Bayraktar TB2 attack drones were detected.
“As a result of competent actions, AFU strike drones were escorted and destroyed.”
The Russian MoD did not specify where in Ukraine the strikes took place.
The S-300PM2 ‘Favorit’ belongs to the S-300 family of long-range surface-to-air missile systems developed by the Soviet Union and which entered service in 1978.
S-300 missile systems are operated by the militaries of several countries, including Ukraine, as well as Russia.
Bayraktar TB2 and TB2S combat drones have been wreaking havoc on Russian military equipment over the course of the invasion of Ukraine.
The Oryx Blog says the drones have taken out six armoured fighting vehicles; five pieces of towed artillery; one multiple rocket launcher; two anti-aircraft guns; 13 surface-to-air missile systems; 10 helicopters; five naval ships; two logistics trains; 24 trucks, vehicles and jeeps; three command posts; one communication station; one vehicle storage building; and one ammunition dump.
The Oryx Blog is run by “Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans, two military analysts devoted to investigating and sharing the ins and outs of conflict research, open-source intelligence and the occasional obscure piece of military history”.
The blog only lists losses for which there is visual evidence, meaning that the true hit list may be even longer.
Bayraktar TB2 and TB2S combat drones are manufactured in Turkey and made their first flight seven years ago.
They are monitored and controlled by an aircrew in a ground control station.
The Russian MoD video may be a response to US President Joe Biden’s recent announcement that he would supply Kyiv with a new weapons package.
The package will include four M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, which can launch multiple precision-guided missiles at targets as far as 45 miles away.
The German government also recently promised to send the IRIS-T air defence system to Ukraine, enabling it to defend an entire city against Russian air attacks.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Such supplies do not contribute to the Ukrainian leadership’s willingness to resume peace negotiations.”