Watch Russian Missile Systems Get Hit By Ukrainian Loitering Munitions – Videos shared on Telegram and Twitter this week show Ukrainian SBU Alpha loitering munition strikes on Russian missile systems in Ukraine.
The two videos, which appear to have been recorded by drones, reveal how loitering munition strikes can easily take out both a Russian TOR-M2 9A331M TLAR and an S-300 surface-to-air missile system.
In the first video, the loitering munition approaches the missile system, which is partially hidden by bushes and trees in a hedgerow between two agricultural fields.
When the loitering munition strikes the missile system, it creates a large explosion. The video also offers a look at the UI used by Ukrainian drone operators.
The videos were uploaded initially to Ukrainian Telegram channels and later reshared on Twitter.
“Video of Ukrainian SBU Alpha loitering munition strikes (including RAM II) on Russian Tor-M2 9A331M TLARs and a S-300V -series 9A83 -series TELAR,” analyst Rob Lee writes on Twitter.
A translation of the Telegram post that shared the first clip describes how SBU special forces struck the missile systems in retaliation for Russian missile strikes.
“SBU special forces destroyed the Russian TOR M2 and S-300VM air defense systems with kamikaze drones ????,” the post reads.
“In response to every Russian ‘retaliatory missile strike’ we will strike real retaliation – to destroy the occupiers, their bases and equipment!” the post continues.
In the second video, Russian vehicles are seen moving along a dirt road. Moments later, the S-300V missile system is struck by a Ukrainian loitering munition, causing a large explosion. Plumes of gray smoke can then be seen rising into the air.
According to the Telegram post that accompanied the video, Ukrainian operators used RAM II kamikaze drones that were purchased with money donated to the war effort.
“RAM II kamikaze drones purchased with your money are impressive Russian Thor M2,” the post reads.
The post continues, describing how the Thor missile system is “dangerous” for the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and aircraft.
Video of Ukrainian SBU Alpha loitering munition strikes (including RAM II) on Russian Tor-M2 9A331M TLARs and a S-300V -series 9A83 -series TELAR. https://t.co/6zrj6hXcPRhttps://t.co/rDS8meWnDs pic.twitter.com/X79SdTk4q3
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) March 19, 2023
“This complex is dangerous for the operation of our UAVs and aviation. Can cause serious damage. Back in 2020, our Boeing 737 was shot down by Thor in Iran. 176 people died then.
The cost of one SAM is about 24 million dollars,” the post explains.
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