TASS learned about the use of “invulnerable to MANPADS” Su-25SM3 in Ukraine

During the special operation in Ukraine, the Russian Air Force uses modernized Su-25SM3 attack aircraft equipped with the Vitebsk airborne defense system to protect against foreign man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). This was reported by TASS with reference to sources in law enforcement agencies.

“Russian aviation is successfully using modernized Su-25SM3 aircraft in the military operation in Ukraine. They are equipped with the Vitebsk-25 electronic warfare system, which is capable of protecting them from enemy MANPADS missile strikes, — said the interlocutors of the agency.

According to them, this modification of the attack aircraft is used mainly in the southern direction and in the Donbass. “These complexes [” Vitebsk “], placed in hanging containers on the hardpoints of the Su-25SM3 aircraft, show high performance and, on the whole, quite successfully cope with their tasks,” & mdash; they added.

Also, the interlocutors of the agency noted that such complexes are being installed, among other things, on Ka-52 helicopters and the Mi-8 family. “They were successfully used by the Russian military in Syria. And then not a single helicopter from Vitebsk was not affected by MANPADS missiles fired by terrorists,— they reminded.

Su-25SM3— deep modification of the attack aircraft based on the Su-25SM. Equipped with a 30 mm double-barreled gun in the lower nose with 250 rounds. Capable of carrying up to eight laser-guided bombs.

Aircraft payload— 4400kg

The installation “Vitebsk” installed on the Su-25SM3 includes a radar warning system, ultraviolet missile launch direction finders, as well as a powerful jamming installation.

Russia conducts a special operation on “denazification and militarization” Ukraine since February 24. The Ukrainian authorities responded by imposing martial law, while Western countries stepped up sanctions pressure on Moscow and announced the supply of additional weapons to Kyiv. The United States, in particular, has already supplied Ukraine with thousands of Javelin anti-tank missile systems and Stinger man-portable air defense systems, as well as ammunition for them.

Earlier, the source of “RIA Novosti” announced the use in Ukraine of a platoon of tank support combat vehicles (BMPT) “Terminator”. “Together with tank platoons, BMPTs participate in the fire destruction of Ukrainian positions, armored vehicles, anti-tank missile systems crews,” — said the source of the agency.

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