A multifunctional radar station and five missile launchers of the American-made MIM-104 Patriot air defense system were destroyed during the May 16 Russian missile strike on the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on May 17.
“According to reliable and confirmed information, on 16 May, Kinzhal hypersonic missile system hit and completely destroyed a multifunctional radar station as well as five launchers of US-manufactured Patriot surface-to-air missile system in Kiev,” the ministry said.
According to a previous statement by the ministry, Kh-47M2 Kinzhal air-launched hypersonic missiles were used to destroy the Patriot system, which was reportedly deployed at the State Aviation Museum in the heart of Kiev.
The Kinzhal, which can reach a hypersonic speed of Mach 10-12, was especially designed to overcome NATO air defense systems, including the Patriot. The missile has a maximum range of 2,000 kilometers when launched from MiG-31K fighter jets.
Video footage that surfaced online after the Russian missile strike showed the system firing at least 30 interceptors before being struck by two large explosions. Back then, Kiev claimed that its air defenses shot down six Kinzhal missiles, but Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu rejected that claim.
Ukraine received two Patriot systems earlier this year. One system was donated to the country by the United States, while another was jointly gifted by Germany and the Netherlands.
The systems supplied to Kiev are said to be a mix of PAC-3 hit-to-kill active missiles to intercept ballistic missiles, with a range of 30-60 kilometers only, and PAC-2 blast fragmentation warhead semi-active missiles to counter aircraft threats with a range of up to 160 kilometers.
The Russian MoD’s new statement indicates that the missile strike destroyed an AN/MPQ-53/65 passive electronically scanned array radar, the heart of the Patriot system, as well as five M90x Launching Stations armed with PAC-3 and PAC-2 interceptors.
Despite the presence of visual evidence confirming that one of Ukraine’s Patriots was hit, U.S. officials told CNN on May 17 that the system was slightly damaged and is still operational. The sources alleged that the system’s advanced radar survived the strike.
More information on the missile strike could surface in the upcoming days. If released, satellite images could provide a better look at the result of the strike.
Overall, the Russian missile strike against the Patriot system was a major blow to the U.S.-led efforts to rebuild and enhance Ukrainian air defenses, which have lost most of their capabilities since the start of the Russian special military operation last year.
yeah right , we belive.
lol, sure and they hit 6 kinzhal ” yeah right, we belive…
no they didnt , everybody lies
we do know from the saudi experience that the patriot missiles are very good at turning around mid-flight and attacking the launchers.
in a report on cnn it was admitted a patriot system was damaged, but could likely be repaired. what is there not to believe. the report also noted the vulnerability of the $1.1b system due to its immobility.
poof! hundreds of millions of the tax money of westerners up in smoke. yet, some seem to believe that if you do some coordinated downvoting reality will change. good luck with that pathetic behavior.
sufkut remember how cnn joined the frenzy on how russia interfered in 2016 us elections? remember how they also joined the jan. 06,2021 “insurrection” narrative?
highly likely ? typical cnn bullshit talking.
last days of backmut ! backmut nazi kaput ! long live russian artemovsk !
what about that dead idaho potato? if you don’t believe you can lick it.
1 kinzal and patriot smoke we believe
useless bullshit shitfront yada yada article.
igor konashenkov claimed multiple times 400% of ukrainian airforce being destroyed ,all air defense not useable, russian airforce rules the skies over ukraine.
yet 6 bloggers from kiev are now facing prison for 8 years for documenting the strikes lmao.
yes. such severe penalties for only taking a video, from your own home, shows how scared of the truth the kiev government is, their own admission they hide the truth and lie.
truth or not, in russia publishing military instalation is also criminal in times of war. during conflicts, you can expect any and all governments to crakc down on those exposing military secrets, locations and upcoming operations. it is common sense. no country is going to outright say they are losing a war badly, it is terrible for moral and sets a bleak image. states will always lie to protect themselves and their image.
meanwhile, zele the clown claims they shot down 6 out of 6 kindjals , that were impossible to intercept a week ago, but somehow the ukies completed another miracle :) and because they shot down 100 % , 18 out of 18 , they arrested 6 vlogers the next day for posting videos and revealing the lies :)
time to bilk ussan tax cattle of more worthle$$ petroscrip for more “wunderwaffen” to shore up the collapsing anglozionazi empire of shit in fast evaporating rump ukrapland.
z all the way to the washing town sewer if the slumvillains can’t pump the filth out themselves.
if the trumpster cannot drain the swamp then let the russians do it.
the usa patriot sam system, that could not protect saudi oil installations from houthi drones, can suddenly intercept kinzal missiles.
!!! it’s the best answer :)
it couldn’t hit any of saddam hussein’s missiles either.
cnn had to fake it.
americans were also lying during gulf war 1 when claiming patriots were shooting down scud missiles .. years later they admitted that they didn´t hit a single one
it is a very successful system for the american oligarchs who line their pockets from the profits of the sales of the system that are forced on the vassal states.
we all know that the us is lying, their patriot systems failed in saudi arabia and israel, they are 3xoensivecjunk, and this one was destroyed.
this comment section is hacked, up and down votes are multiplied and reversed. southfront please get your website back under control.
it is probably coordinated trolling. it is likely just pathetic behavior of people in denial. i am just hoping this is not also paid for from my taxes.
yes it is, if you live in the uk. one outfit is controlled by a boltnecked arsehole who is a member of parliament. very cozy, and very costly to the people of blighty.
30 missiles, costing $5 million a piece, were launched in two minutes to prevent the damage from them being destroyed on the ground. i wish i could i would have the possibility to mark the check box for the optional ukraine war tax on my tax form instead of being forced to pay for this insanity.
insanity is the word, they are criminally insane, same in the uk, the filth tell us there is no money to pay nurses and teachers what they should have, but they can spend millions on fueling war against russia.
e un p at riot la comana. jud giurgi marcat de g oo g les . populatia neesentiala vrea jocuri de strategie
last days of backmut ! backmut nazi kaput ! long live artemovsk !
gloria a dios aleluya. the wicked zionist slaves are getting wrecked everywhere.
what ukraine shot down were six brinjals.
vitaliy klitschko posted video of kinzhal debris but it was actually brinjal debris.
vladimir putin’s latest humiliation. the hypersonic missile program at the phony silicon valley in skolkovo is on the verge of collapse. it’s almost comical at this point how moronic and pathetic the russian army is.
dude, you take for granted ukrainean statements that they shot down 6 out of 6 kindjals? if that was true, why they keep begging for more air defence? where is the super counteroffensive?
you’re trying to reason with a socio pathic serial liar, m. why waste your time? everyone already knows what horrid humans these wastes of food are.
russia’s shitty hypersonic missiles didn’t do shit.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
and you know this is true because you read it on cnn , declared by zelensky , a comediant :) meanwhile, the us military is shitting it’s pants because they know they can’t protect multi billion dollars carriers from the kindjal.
bah waah bah aaaaah
why do they lie this big? the one patriot was almost believable.
with or without the patriot , the fate of ukraine is sealed. either a frozen conflict, with a bad peace, or some kind of agreement, or slow prolongued war, ukraine will never be a functional state again . they were a shithole of corrupted lazy fucks long before the war, to think they will become hard working citizens after … its just a joke. and since no nato or eu ever for ukraine, i guess russian goals are already achieved at this point.
ussa’s pentacon “patriot” is a proven system like the poisoned juice plastik dome. hell ya.
it can “shoot” down even sparrows….in ussa anyway…out of sight….sometimes….right….? z and lots more of it until all pentacon crap is useful scrap
in terms of operational capability, unless you strike the command and control unit of the patriot, then i suppose the entire system is still operational. at least if they have multiple radars.
when the usadmin has had enough, they will simple go home and leave europeans to deal with the mess which is now ukraine. the us military is already out of date. it hasn’t fought a decent army for many decades. fighting herdsmen in afghanistan, libya, iraq, just made it look good.
i have it from a very reliable source that ukraine shot down 24 out of 20 missiles that russia launched.
i love russian humour where they take the mickey.
that sounds insane to place the huge system, in downtown kiev. how many of those missiles failed, and landed on the surrounding residential areas. ukraine is run by a bunch of desperate, evil freaks.
where are all these pictures that both sides claim to have?
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